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c5-6 c6-7 disc bulge

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

    Sorry for your situation, what kind of operation your surgeon is thinking? a lot of us will tell you this, operation can only fix what is wrong with your spine / bone or whatever, pain is a different story, my surgeon told me he won't know what will happen when a nerve is uncompressed. I have no pain (only weakness) prior to my acdf (c5, c6) and my fear was I will have pain afterwards, he was very honest to me and said he cannot guarantee the result, he can only fix what's wrong with the structure of my neck. I never have any other treatments so I cannot tell you what else you can try.

    Take care and hang in there.

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