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Disk bulges

Hi all

After 7 weeks of neck pain and shoulder blade pain, MRI revealed disc bulges between c5/6 and c6/7. C6/7 one aggravating a nerve. Suggested physical therapy for three weeks. He said they we only slight bulges but the pain is crazy.

I just want to know whether this will get better atall or whether it is just going to get worse? Is there anything I can do to improve things?



  • Did they put you on any medication? Ususally (from my experience) they put you on some kind of steroid before they try physical therapy. Therapy will work for most people, get those nerves calmed down and you can feel great again. Just take it easy for a couple of days, do your therapy and take your meds if you have any.
  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 03/07/2014 - 3:06 AM

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Thanks. Have been on diclofenac for weeks - tried naproxen but had bad side affects for me. Also on amitriptyline low dose at night. X
  • nowasober1nnowasober1 Posts: 29
    edited 03/07/2014 - 10:45 AM
    About a month ago my neurologist sent me for an MRI of my neck as I had been having bad head aches and my memory was leaving me and thought process was completely off. Come to find out the memory and thought process was being caused by a medication I was taking. The headaches however are being caused by a bulge in my neck of c3 and c4. I am going to see the neurosurgeon at the end of the month. It seems the bulge is sitting upon my spine. I have a question and am hoping someone can answer it for me. With everything else that has been going on I have developed very poor balance and handwriting. We had thought it would get better when I came off the medication but it did not. I am wondering if any of you have experienced this with a bulged disc. I am tired of walking with a cane and ready to start getting out in the fresh air and nice weather that is headed our way and actually walking and getting exercise. So if you have experienced this please let me know. Thanks. Michelle
  • sandisandi Posts: 6,342
    edited 03/09/2014 - 12:32 PM
    If the bulge is in contact with either the nerve root or the nerves in the cervical canal, you can experience the symptoms you are describing. The compression of a nerve root or the nerves in the canal, depending on which one is compressed can effect certain areas of your body. Under the FAQ tab, you will see a link to a dermatome. If you look at the dermatome for C3-4, you will see what areas are innverated by those nerves on the right and left hand side.
  • You need to make an appointment with a Movement Disorder Specialist. Your symptoms, very poor balance and handwriting, indicate that you might have Parkinson's Disease.

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