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New member with some concerns.

hvan234hhvan234 Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:00 AM in New Member Introductions
I have a left C3-4 disc extrusion and C5-7 bulging and osteophytes. My arms are numb and tingling all the time, and the majority of my pain feels like it is from knots under the shoulder blades and then goes down the arms. I got my MRI last May in which I started pain management, trigger point, epidural, massage, pain meds, chiropractic, ice, heat, bengay...i have tried it all. Sleep is incredibly difficult. I almost hate to rest because of how I feel when I get out of bed!

I have an appt with a surgeon next Thursday, and honestly, I am scared! I am only 34 and never thought this would be happening at such a young age. I know I could stand be more active...maybe try that before surgery? Probably couldn't hurt.

My concerns are... I believe I have myofascial muscle pain as well, huge knots in my back underneath shoulder blade, pinching nerves....what if that is the cause of the pain and not the disc herniation? I am terrified that I will go under the knife and still hurt the same.

Any feedback would be so much appreciated. No one in my family knows exactly what I'm going through, and this forum is wonderful.
Thank u.


  • Have they done nerve block injecrion to try to confirm that its the levels causing the pain thats in question? You can bring up your concern with neuro or ortho once they talking about surgery and you can maybe ask for more test to confirm the right surgery is done,

    Emg test posibly and nerve block or even a mylogram test to assure they have a perfect view of what needs doing,

    Best of luck
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • hi and welcome to the forum!! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am sorry you are suffering so much with this continous pain!! please have a look around the forum and make yourself at home!! i am not famaliar with your symptoms but i did want to say hello! please try and relax and just realize that there is nothing you can do until your appoinment with the doctor, so do what you can to relieve the pain and wait patiently.. don't make yourself even more tense and nervous with speculation!! good luck with your appointment on thursday.. please keep us informed!! stop by anytime! Jenny :)
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