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Cervical disc herniation

LauncherLLauncher Posts: 1
edited 04/13/2015 - 5:42 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi all,

Wondering if people can pass on their experience in relation to what I'm currently going through. I'm 39 years old, and for the past 4 weeks have been in quite a lot of pain (nerve) starting from the neck across the shoulder and down the arm. It can vary from aching to sharper pain in certain spots. For a few weeks I have been seeing a chiropractor who has been using wet heat packs on my neck area, and occasional long (and very painful) massage of neck / back / shoulder area, and for my arm (especially tricep area) microwave and electro therapy machines. An MRI revealed disc bulge / herniation around C6 & C7 which of course is pressing on the nerve. I didn't have one incident in injuring this, more likely bad posture and working in an office for many years. Whilst the long massages were painful, they did help relieve symptoms for a day or so. I've also had some acupuncture at the same place. Of course all of this has caused me to bleed lots of money over 3-4 weeks. The inflammation (eg the crippling pain when it first started) has eased, but still plenty of ongoing pain just not as severe. I've been eating lots of painkillers (ibuprofen, paracetamol + codeine) everyday. So now I may be referred to a surgeon by the chiro. This is something I really want to avoid as I have heard back or neck surgery can really cause some issues down the track. So now I am considering finding an osteopath to see if some different physical therapy may help. Has anyone seen much difference between Chiro and Osteo? And in your experience do these things heal within a certain time? I have heard 4-6 weeks for some but who knows? The constant pain is killing me. Hoping it won't affect my job.


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  • I absolutely would not go to a chiro if you have a known herniation, I believe that's what pushed me into my current condition. My neck issues started in April last year, did ibuprofen and chiro, went to a PT, then had my issues start in October. I had urgent surgery in December. I can't comment on other methods working, but definitely no chiro, possibly ever.

    ACDF w/Corpectomy C3-6 12/8/14 ; Laminectomy C3-6  5/19/2016

  • I also have a disc bulge C6/7. It is a big one. There was pain in left arm with numbness/tingling. Numbness was there in left thumb and index finger. The neurologist has given me Medrol dose for 2 weeks. After that I am taking Pregaba NT, Ultracet daily.
    It is now 4 weeks. The pain has almost gone now and numbness is still there in one finger. Doctor says that normally the issue resolves in 6 weeks (90% cases). In some it may take 12 weeks. But no surgery before that unless it is unbearable. So I am waiting. I hope this helps.
  • I'm with TWynnB.. I had 2 herniated discs (which I wasn't aware of) and a chiropractor made things much worse. It's definitely accelerated my need for surgery, which was always going to be the end result for me.
    L4/5/S1 scar tissue removal surgery, plus unexpected L4/5 microdiscectomy #2 October 2015
    L4/5 microdiscectomy May 2015
    2-level ADR C4-6 (Mobi-C) February 2015
  • Do not let a chiro touch your neck. The physical therapist I was seeing said my sudden herniated disc could be thanks to frequent adjustments I had done by a chiro. But we'll never know.

    I'm in my early 30's, two small children, full time job so needless to say, I didn't have time for my neck to crap out like it has. I've done a steroid injection, steroid pills, selective nerve root block and physical therapy twice a week over the course of 9 months with no real lasting or any relief at all. The pain is horrendous at times. The SNRB did however take care of the arm pain/numbness/tingling.

    I am scheduled for single level ACDF (C6-C7) on the 23rd.
    ACDF C6/C7 on 05/20/15
    ...and it was the best decision of my life :-)
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