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Introducing Myself

suziessuzie Posts: 4
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:59 AM in New Member Introductions
I'd like to say I'm happy to be here, but I'm not. Just as I am sure you're not! But I'm hoping to find a helpful community.

Back in July I started feeling like I was having a heart attack. Many cardio tests later, they decided it wasn't my heart but that I must have pulled a muscle in my chest.

within a few weeks i started to deal with numbness & tingling in my extremities. Went to see a chiropractor for a few week and it was great, for that day. Then it would all come creeping back.

Then I started having pain doing something as simple as lifting a shirt off a rack while clothes shopping.

Xray & MRI show I have a herniated disc between C5 & C6.

Wasted a trip to the orthopedist who said "you must have rheumotoid arthritis if you're having all those issues" It was then I realized that No, not all doctors graduate at the top of their class. *I* can see the herniated disc in my MRI.

Then to a pain management specialist who on this past Friday injected a steroid into the herniated disc.

I feel worse today then I did before I had the shot last week.

So I'm hear to read around and see if I can find others in my shoes to help me down this path.

Thanks for reading!



  • Sorry to hear about your pain with the herniated disc at C5-C6.

    I've had neck issues also but at C6-C7 and the Chiropractor has helped with inferential and ultrasound treatments but in no ways will adjust me with a herniated disc.

    I would ice the area where you had the injection. I hope you get some relief soon. Charry

    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what qustions we can. good luck in finding relief for you pain problems!! atleast you have a diagnosis and that is a step in the right direction!! stop by the forum anytime!! there is always a spiney around!! Jenny :)
  • I did ice it for a bit today & that helped the pain in the site a a bit. Thanks!
  • Hi Suzie,

    You could try a TENS machine,they are quite small and you can take them around with you,It will not be a permanent fix but can give relief,also Charry mentions inferential which is similar but much more intense,I had this at my physiotherapist and it was good.I also would agree with ultrasound.

    If you have any muscle spasm I would use cold and hot mixed mainly cold,as this helps contract and relax muscle stopping the muscles tightening up in a tense state causing pain and possibly headaches

    I was under pain management for around 12 years,having steroid injections,nerve root blocks, (nerve denervations ie nerves being permanently cut at nerve root) to stop pain

    I had good results and poor results some relief only lasting days,only recently cancelled pain clinic for denervation on spinal surgeons advice,he says treat pain don't mask it,as you are not having denervation at this stage nerve blocks may help identify where your pain is coming from. it is a way of seeing if the disc is the cause of your pain or if it may be coming from elsewhere.

    Hope you get better soon Des :)))
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