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Neck pain - possible herniated cervical disc

miss_scarlett01mmiss_scarlett01 Posts: 2
edited 08/25/2015 - 5:02 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical

For the past 4 weeks I have been experiencing a deep pain in my right shoulder, radiating down my arm and into elbow. At times the pain is like a spasm, and other times I’ve had the feeling of loss of strength in my arm and hand and tingling. The pain is worse when I drive or sit or lie down, but when I walk it can almost disappear. I have had several physio sessions, and my physio believes it is a trapped nerve root in one of my discs, likely to be caused by a herniated cervical disc.

I am currently taking co-codamel and paracetamol, Amitriptyline, Ibrufen and Tramadol prescribed by my GP whilst I wait for the MRI scan. The pain relief takes the edge of it but it is still very painful when I’m sitting. I have also had acupuncture for pain relief, although did not find it made any difference. My scan is booked for Saturday, and I’ve been told the results should come through to my GP 7 -10 days after that.

I am working full time at the moment (desk job, sitting 8 hrs a day) and finding it increasingly uncomfortable – at time the pain is barely bearable. Does sitting down actually do more damage? Or is it just a case of it hurting more but not doing further damage? When I am home from work in the evening I go for a walk and the pain reduces a huge amount, but then I spent the rest of the evening standing (apart from when I eat) as it is too painful to sit more than a few minutes. I am getting a couple of hours sleep a night as the pain wakes me up.

I am unsure whether I should still be working during this time.

I can’t really afford to take time off work, especially when it hasn’t even been diagnosed yet with an mri or have a treatment plan in place, but equally I don’t want to make it any worse. Does anyone know if sitting makes the damage worse?

Many thanks,

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  • Hi, sorry to hear you are in such pain. It could be a herniated disc, sitting is very difficult for me, and especially with my arms in front of me. Also walking does alleviate pain somewhat. I would urge you to get an MRI scan done to know for sure.
    I have had problems ongoing for 9 years now, and it is only getting worse.
    I have been told that pain isn't always an indication of further damage, I would only advise you to keep good posture and not over do things, like heavy lifting. Exercise like walking, yoga, pilates, swimming etc are very good. But you will know your limitations.
    I hope you can find out what it is and get the right medication to help with the pain. Sometimes an operation is needed, but you will usually need to try a lot of other things first. Although by the sounds of it, you have tried quite a few things already. Maybe a drug like pregabalin would help more than tramadol. I found some relief from taking pregabalin, but only for a year or so, then it seemed to stop working. But some people find this drug helpful long term.
    I really do wish you the best and hope you can find some relief soon.

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