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bulging disk in neck (between C5 and C6)

sammiecaseyssammiecasey Posts: 1
edited 07/18/2015 - 11:48 PM in Chronic Pain
any suggestions are welcome, my partner has had horrible pain in her neck and scapula area for over 2 years now, they've only just found out she has a severely bulging disk between her C5 and C6 vertebrae. she has tried everything you can think of and just had a facet joint injection... tears of joy immediately after because she thought the pain was gone, but unfortunately the relief only lasted 1 day. now she is back to severe pain. has anyone else experienced this? it seems like nobody cares enough to be able to properly help her but I know someone on here will be able to empathize. any suggestions are welcome, she was contemplating taking her own life 6 month ago due to the pain, I feel so helpless, please suggest any sort of treatment that comes to mind as we are desperate. thank you x

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  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    Finding cause or source of pain and then trying to manage the pain can be a roller coaster ride..to say the least.
    ...trial and try again.

    With my pain, I struggled with depression, also. While the depression often accompanies the chronic pain, it is not to be accepted as normal.

    I sought treatment from psychiatrist and did some talk therapy. I also found a therapist who specialized in depression with chronic pain. She worked best for me. I saw her weekly for about three months and my mind has wrapped around this pain so much better.
    So for about three years now, I've not had even a twinge of suicide ideations since and my depression so relieved. My thinking hasn't been better ...really best in all my life!

    I continue to see psychiatrist every three month for med management, for my antidepressants and antianxiety meds.

    During my dark times, I would also freely call the suicide hotline. They were programmed into my phone.
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    USA: 1-800-784-2433
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    This site has also more numbers depending on where you live.

    I would include my feelings when talking with pain management doctor as I explained my other symptoms.
    There are some medications that say they help with both..the depression and the chronic pain.

    I wish the very best for your partner....who may also benefit from this site to vent, if nothing else.
    But also to find others ...as your partner will find they are not alone!

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  • I guess you can call it a range of motions or treatments that they have to try before they get to the most serious one of them all which is surgery. I was where your partner was last year. In a lot of pain and wishing it would go away, I had a herniated disc at C5/C6 that was compressing my spinal cord. By the time I got a diagnosis, I didn't have much choice but to have surgery because I was going to lose abilities in my arms and legs I take for granted. I am also allergic to the cortisteroids. If they can find something besides surgery that can help her pain, that's great, They do need to try though before that because surgery is not going to always take the pain away no matter what doctors or others might tell you. For some people, it does. Surgery will only fix the structural problem but the nerves will take some time to heal. As far as now to help her, Have you tried a heating pad on the neck set at low? I prefer a clay pack with a cover over the electric ones. It took me a long time to be able to do this. I would put it behind my neck and lay down on it with only a little head support. Some people recommend ice packs but I have unbearable pain from the cold. I have to keep my neck covered from the cold. The heat is what works for me. That helped me relax enough to get some sleep. Its been almost a year since my surgery. I still have pain every day. I also have been getting horrid headaches since then. I don't regret surgery because I can still walk and do other things even though the pain limits me some but things could be so much worse. I hope your partner calls the suicide hotline as posted in the above posts. Its obvious that you love her and care a lot for her to post for help for her, she definitely needs your support above all things. I hope things get better for her
    Tracie C
  • Has she had an MRI yet? I too had the same pain that started 3 years ago and literally begged the Doctors to give me an MRI because I knew something wasn't right. The pain felt like it was in my shoulder blade, went down my left arm and ended in my thumb. It was horrible, debilitating. My MRI showed that I had herniated my C5/6 disc. I tried everything short of surgery, shots, meds, physical therapy..nothing worked. 3 years later I finally found a great surgeon and had an artificial disc put in. I know her pain. My family literally heard me cry and complain on a daily basis of how bad it was. My husband would massage my shoulder and neck every night for 3 years as I cried and told him I didn't know how I could live like this the rest of my life. Nobody understands how painful it is unless you've had it. I get it. She needs to get a true diagnosis as to what she has and be proactive in her treatment. There are ways to fix this! With the right doctor and treatment, and some good support from you, she can get better. Im not sure where you live, but do your research and find Docs that specialize in the spine. Start there. There is hope, just don't give up. :)
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