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Multiple level disk issues

My MRI showed disk hernaition at c5-c6 and c6-7. Also showed disk bulges from c2 all the way down. had an epidural yesterday, 3 injections. Praying it works because the pain has been horrendous. wondering how to go forward with this...don't want to wrap myself in cotton wool but feeling v. Vulnerable. Anyone else out there experiencing the same and how do you cope?


  • I hope that these 3 injections you have had will give you pain relief.
    I think that sometimes they can make things worse for a short while before the relief of pain kicks in.

    Have you been given any instructions of things you should or should not do for the next few days?

    I haven't had any injections but had to have a lumbar and then cervical fusion.

    Generally it is usual to try conservative methods first to see if that will give the relief needed.
    I did do physiotherapy and tried pain meds, but my problems were to do with my vertebrae as well as my discs and things were out of alignment which added to the problem.

    I hope that you find that you will get relief and won't need to step up to more invasive treatments.
  • judithpjjudithp Posts: 3
    edited 10/06/2013 - 4:20 PM
    I had an epidural last Tuesday, 3 injections in all. The local unaesthetic has worn off and the pain has returned. I had to increase my lyrica by another 75mg yesterday morning. The pain is so bad tonight that its woken me up and I had to take 5mg percoset to take the edge off it. The only thing that gave any relief was getting on the rug in the pose of the child and sticking a hot water bottle on my shoulder. I think I am also out of alignment and have already had a lumbar fusion 4 yrs ago.
    What was the cervical fusion like? I really don't want surgery but if it'll fix me up so I'm not in constant pain I'm going to have to consider it.
  • jellyhalljjellyhall Posts: 4,373
    edited 10/08/2013 - 11:04 AM
    My experience of my two level cervical fusion compared to my one level lumbar fusion was that the cervical was easier. I have read many other members say the same thing. I think that perhaps because there is not so much weight bearing from the cervical spine, that helps in the recovery.

    I try to avoid both my surgeries for about two years each time but had to give in. My lumbar fusion gave me more relief from the pain but then the pain was worse before surgery. I have had less relief from my neck fusion and still seem to have most of my pre-surgery symptoms but the surgery was done to get the compression off my cord, not to relieve the pain and I was warned that I may be left with pain afterwards. I know that other levels in my neck are very degenerated and that I have nerve root compression from them, so that could be why I am still in pain.

    I am out of alignment and have been told that this has caused more degeneration of my discs and bones.

    Do you have an appointment to see your specialist about the lack of help from the epidural injections?

  • I also tried epidural injections. First one gave me
    Pain relief. 2nd did not. After years of chronic neck
    Pain I decided to have a ACDF 2 level fusion C5-C7.
    I did get 3 opinions before having the surgery. I had
    3 herniated disc with Osteophyte complex, DDD, and
    Spinal stenosis. It's been 3 months since the surgery.
    Kinda frustrated because I still have numbness and
    Pain throughout arms,hands. I have bad neck pain and
    Shoulder spasms. Tried physical therapy which
    Made me worse. At 8 weeks post op- my left leg and foot
    Became totally numb. So now Dr's are running tests
    To see. Anyone similiar after ACDF?

  • I understand how disappointing it is to still have pain and symptoms after surgery for neck problems.

    I had an ACDF of C3/4 and C4/5 done in November last year.
    I still have most of my symptoms and pains. My surgeon told me that I could continue to improve up to about 12 months and then that is likely to be how I would remain. I am 11 months post surgery now so I don't expect to get much better.

    I know that the levels of my neck below my fusion were already bad with nerve root compression on both sides which showed neurogenic changes of the muscles that they feed. The surgeon did say that had I been 40 he would have fused 4 levels but there was a greater chance of non fusion if he did more than two levels so he would do the worst two. An MRI scan has shown that my cord is now freed up with fluid around it again, so at least things shouldn't get worse there.

    At 3 months I believe that there is still time for you to improve. 3 months in spinal surgery terms, is early days.
    Becoming numb after 8 weeks does sound worrying. I hope that you will get some good news from the test results.

    Can I suggest that you start a new thread in the new members section describing your surgery and remaining problems. Then you are likely to get answers from more members and we can get to know you. :-)

  • Thanks. I will post in the new member section.
    New to this sight. Great getting feedback from
    People who are dealing with the same issues.
    Wish you the best.

  • I have found the support and information here has been a wonderful help to me;
    * To help me get to a place where I could face having spinal surgery
    * To learn all about my conditions
    * To learn all about the possible treatments
    * To understand what my surgeon was proposing to do to me
    * To have support from others who understand what I have been and am going through
    * To show me how far I have come when I am talking with others at the beginning of their spinal journey.

    Looking forward to getting to know you better :-)

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