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jwall378jjwall378 Posts: 3
edited 05/12/2015 - 3:53 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi all. This is my first post on this site. I'm a 37 y.o. male with bulging discs in c5, c6. I've been in physical therapy for almost a year. 3 days a week. It seems like it's not getting any better. I had one doctor for quite a while and then got a 2nd opinion at xxxx in NYC. They both said no surgery is needed and PT would help....well it hasn't. I'm going to get an injection in my neck under fluoroscopy in NYC this Friday and I'm a bit nervous. Has anybody here have any info and/or experience with this procedure? He said it only takes about 15 minutes, but any procedure that close to my spine makes me nervous. I'm praying it works because I have a very physical job and I just can't do the job much longer. I have been taking unpaid days off due to pain. If it doesn't work, I will either have to go on disability or have to leave my great-paying job of 15 years and look for something less physical. Thank you for any info and words of wisdom anyone can give me!

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  • Sorry...since I'm a newbie here....some more details: First found out about the bulging discs in April 2014. Did physical therapy for 2 months. Had MRI done in April 2014 which showed the neck discs bulging. Majority of pain was on right side of neck down right arm. PT helped for a few months. Fast forward to February 2015, I slipped on some ice and landed hard on my right side. Went back to original spine specialist due to pain after slip on the ice. He prescribed more PT at the beginning of March. After 8 weeks, I got frustrated that the pain was not improving. That's when I went to a well-known facility in NYC for a 2nd opinion. A new MRI still showed the bulging and some mild stenosis. I'm still in PT and going for the injection this Friday. I now have some mild tingling into my right hand. The only meds I have been taking are NSAIDs. I do not take prescription pain meds as they make me extremely nauseous. I also use heat when the pain gets bad...it seems to help some.
  • Hi, I hope the injection helps you. I had a herniated disc at C4/5 and did PT for over a year with no improvement. Also tried acupuncture, and traction. Had the injections a last resort, and it made pain worse for a few days then better for a few days then back to how it was originally. Finally after 19 months of suffering my neurosurgeon did a discectomy and fusion at C4/5. Turned out I had a torn ligament in my neck and my disc was obliterated, I was bone on bone. But MRI didn't show any of that. Also all my disc material was smeared all over my spinal nerves causing nerve impingement, and my arm pain, hand numbness and shoulder blade burning.
    If the injection doesn't help go see a neruosurgeon. MRI don't always show what is going on, as I learned. By your symptoms it sounds like the disc bulge is pressing on some nerves.
    I am now two weeks post op and all my arm pain is gone. Just some mild surgical discomfort left. Good luck to you!
  • Hello, I am also new to this forum and this is my first post.

    I received a steroid/lidocaine injection (under fluoroscopy) to my C6 on 4/21/15 due to a ruptured disc at C5-C6. I had been living with right neck/shoulder/arm pain with weakness and tingling in the hands since the first week of March. Despite Norco, Baclofen, PT, ice/heat, massage therapy, TENS, ultrasound, I was in agony.

    I was awake during the procedure in order to tell the physician how I was feeling as he probed with his needle. The procedure lasted 15-20 minutes. There wasn't much pain until towards the end when he injected the medication to the area with the inflamed nerve. The next couple days I had pretty bad pain along the right side. However, the pain improved by 75% after 2 weeks and now I have no pain while at rest.

    However, the pain would return (though not as bad as before) if I do anything strenuous with that right arm (reaching, lifting, etc.) at that point I need the Norco and Baclofen. The tingling is still there whenever I'm upright. Long story short, I was recommended for surgery.

    The physiatrist told me beforehand that some patients recovered completely 1-2 weeks after the epidural shots and go back to their usual activity. Unfortunately I was not one of them. Hopefully the epidural will help you. Good luck.
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