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c5-6 c6-7 disc bulge

melkbc1576mmelkbc1576 Posts: 5
edited 04/26/2015 - 4:57 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi everyone i have been diagnosed with c5-6 c6-7 disc bulge from an injury at work in november 2012 its been 2 &1/2 years and my pain is still bad after having 2 steroid injections 2 nerve blocks in my neck i think thats what is was :( ive done physio chiro acupuncture gym rehabilitation im currently on tramadol 150 sr norgesic and lyrica but my pain seems to be really bad in my right shoulder blade as far down as my mid back and i also get extreme pain under right rib, a burning sharp pain. I get tingling feeling down my right arm and burning pain. Sometimes it feels like my whole middle back is deteriorating and hurts to breathe like my bones ache. Ive been seeing a neurosurgeon this whole time and he basically says if i cant put up with my pain he can operate. Im scared very scared of op. Scared it wont take pain away and may make it worse. im 39 and dont want to keep living like this constantly in pain. Can anyone offer any other treatments that may help me and has others experienced right rib pain with c5-6 c6-7 disc bulge. Should i seek other specialist opinions and if so will they just say same thing? I cant afford to go to specialist after specialist for opinion that will be the same. Im at the stage of having the operation. But scared at the same time has anyone had this op if so what are the results.
Thanks Mel :)


  • Hi Mel

    I am 28 years old and two years ago I herniated my C5/6 C6/7 and my whole life changed. I still fell all the pain you are feeling and that was my final decision to go a head with the surgery. I am very very nervous but I could not continue to live in so much pain. Being 28 I feel I still have my whole life a head of me and the quality of life I am living now is not the greatest. I had to give up so much like working out and playing on sports teams, because the pain just got to much to handle. I tried every type of therapy there was available to me. I spent thousands on treatments my insurance would not cover. It finally came to a point where I asked myself if life is really enjoyable living like this and my answer was No. I know I will not be 100% "normal" after surgery and I will always have some type of pain, but i also know it will not be as bad as this. My spine surgeon is great and he told me he does not do this type of surgery if it is not needed.
    I have a great support system around me and I am just waiting to be on the road to recovery.
    Good luck on your journey and I really hope you can find some relief.
  • Hi rachel
    Thank u so much for ur reply not so good ur feeling the pain as well. :( do u get pain all around ur shoulder blade even right down as far as middle back?
    It hurts so much to sit for long periods as well. Sometimes my pain, if i move a certain way i get a very sharp stabbing pain in my lower shoulder blade it takes my breathe away. Its only for a second at a time but constant. And under my right rib just burns. Ive had ultrasounds and ct scans for my right rib but nothing comes up. Im trying to rule out everything b4 i have op because im worried the pain i am feeling doesnt seem right to be coming from my neck, but as my specialist said its referred pain from my neck. :( when are u having op? Ok thank u again and take care.
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