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Pain...How do you cope?

ladybdlladybd Posts: 1
edited 08/20/2015 - 2:44 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
HELP: 44yrs old, EXCRUCIATING Pain in right side of neck & pain travels all the way down arm.

Physical Therapy diagnosed me with herniated disc. No MRI done. Pain started 3 weeks ago, think from carrying a heavy bag down some stairs.

Never had this happen before. No prior injuries to the neck.

Taken every drug imaginable (miracle I haven't overdosed yet, but there's still time !!)... nothing touches the pain!!!

Tens unit, it helps about 3% of my pain.

Exercises help but wear off after a while, just started neck exercises therapy showed me.

Trying to relax, but work doesn't help. I type all day. Office job.

Any ideas on what else I can do to relieve the pain.

I feel like I want to die. Just like all of you probably feel everyday. I feel for every one of you!

I've had pain before too...carpal tunnel surgery in both hands, knee injuries...but this pain...this pain is worse.

I feel like there's no hope. I just want my life back.




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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    Which of you doctors sent you to,PT? Your primary care doctor?
    Have you seen a specialist? Pain management doctor?

    It seems odd you did not have any testing. For my treatment that was first test. At times an MRI might not show source of pain.
    My pain management/neurologist doctor is the one who performed other testing to discover the condition of my spine and treatments and medication accordingly.
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  • edited 08/24/2015 - 9:17 PM
    You need to see a specialist asap,I had some neck pain and stiffness I went to my pcp she then sent me for X-rays of my neck and shoulder and she diagnosed me with mild arthritis. I went for pt for about 3 weeks and it helped with my movement but the pain never went away, fast forward 3 weeks later we went on vacation and I woke up with all the symptoms you had plus numbness in my hand and forearm I immediately made an appointment to see a orthopedic surgeon who was highly recommended to me by several people he immediately ordered an Mri and and the results showed that I had a ruptured disk in my neck and that it was pressing on my nerve.. I am now 4 days post surgery and pain free! It's like I had a new lease on life!.. Whatever you do I wish you much success just research everything and get informed.. Gentle hugs, carolyn
    C5-6 Acdf
  • Hello landybd, I am 9 years into the pain and medication/conservative approach. I would advise you to get an MRI scan done and start trying as many pain relieving therapies as you can. Even if you have a ruptured disc, the surgeons will want you to try a lot of therapies and medications before hand. The faster the diagnosis, hopefully the faster you will get the right help.
    I have tried chiropractor, acupuncture, massage, mindfulness, meditation, yoga, pilates, swimming, calanetics, epidural injections, nerve block injections, and a whole lot of medications. I only get worse and now a seriously considering surgery.
    Never give up hope, pain is awful but to some extent you learn to live with a lot of it, even if you don't want to. Ideally an operation can improve matters dramatically, but for some it has the adverse effect, do consider all options and what can go wrong. But ultimately you know yourself when the time is right.
    You are most definitely not alone, and keep positive as it can get better, even f you do have to go for the surgical option.
    Oh just to add, my mother in law had a fusion at 16, my dad at 27, my nana and granddad both had disc problems but lived with them...they must have been made from tougher stuff than me as I just want the surgery now. lol
    It does help to have hope and keep positive, try to stick with people who can keep your mood good and make you laugh, it all helps.
    I hope you find answers soon and recover from this with either therapy or surgery if needed.

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