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Herniated disc c4-c5, headache for the last two weeks straight

SheilaC5C6ouchSSheilaC5C6ouch Posts: 2
edited 04/19/2015 - 8:58 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi everyone. I discovered my herniated disc in 2010 when I went to the ER for the millionth time and they did a ct-scan, referred me to xxxx. They did an MRI and wanted to throw me right into surgery and do a fusion but I was skeptical... I did a lot of research and due to the fact that I was only 29 yrs old, and the fact that so many people reported that they ended up having herniated discs above and below their fusions from all of the added pressure, I decided to wait and explore my options. A few months later, I found out I was pregnant with my second son (who is now 3 yrs old and my oldest is 13). I got off of all of the meds I was on and toughed out the pain during my pregnancy for the sake of the baby.. (getting my baby addicted to pain killers and Klonapin was not something I was willing to do). So, here I am, now a single mother of two, struggling with very bad anxiety because of the pain. I lost my health insurance a few years ago but finally just got it back- THANK GOD!! I haven't even been assigned to a doc yet, am searching for a good one who takes Oregon Health Plan, which is super difficult). About three weeks ago, I started getting bad headaches. They start at the base of my skull and radiate up the left side of my head. At first they came and went but now I have had a horrid migraine for two weeks straight, which is new to me because I hardly ever got headaches before. The headaches on top of my constant neck and shoulder pain is becoming unbearable very quickly. Also, a year ago I started getting sciatica, which I have read might mean I have another disc issue in my lower back, but I don't have lower back pain so I don't understand that one??? But it hurts like xxxxx! too. I really am in no place to be getting major surgery right now, raising two kids on my own, struggling to find us a place to live. Any advice would be much appreciated!! I know I need to get into a doc asap and get a current MRI done.... What meds help with this kind of pain?? Thanks for reading, responses would be much appreciated.


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  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 556
    I am sorry that you are going through this by yourself. My suggestions, other than seeing a doctor, would be to get yourself a TENS unit. It's a little stimulator thing that you can put anywhere & it kind of massages the muscles. It sounds like you have some tight muscles. This might help your headaches. Also, try a hot bath with Epsom salts. That could also help you relax. But you really need to find a doctor & get a diagnosis. Then maybe some physical therapy?
    I wish you luck & let us know how you're doing.
  • I have a badly herniated C4/5 now going on 18 months and I hate to tell you, but I have the exact same headache you are describing and I have had it every day non top for 18 months, since I was in a car accident. The severity of it changes from moderate to severe. I take Percocet for that and my neck and shoulder pain. I go in for fusion surgery in a week. I'm really hoping the headaches go away. They make it hard to think and get things done. Traction did help for the first few times I did it but then after a while the traction started making the headaches worse. I wish you luck, being a single mom is challenging on its own without chronic pain. Hang in there and hugs to you.
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