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C5/C6 herniation, horrible pain after epidural injections. Please help

MunkzillaMunkzilla NYPosts: 133
edited 09/11/2015 - 7:05 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi everyone. Last November I was hurt at work. I deliver heavy packages for a large corporation delivery service and work in an industrial area. It all started when I lifted boxes to bring to the shipping and receiving area of a regular stop. Pain shot down my right arm, up my neck down my shoulder blade and into my face.

I told my supervisor and was sent to the ER. They checked for a torn rotator cuff, it was not torn. I was told to follow up with an orthopedist. Luckily I had one on my daily route, they saw me the following day. Long story short MRIs and xrays showed a herniated disc at c5,c6 and a not quite torn shoulder tendon. After PT didnt help, and nothing else done to ease the constant pain except pain meds tossed at me, after be shoved off to a pain management doctor. I have migrains everyday and radiculopothy in my right arm and hand.

In May of this year the PM Doc suggested cervical epidural injection to help. I had one on 5/18/15 then a second on 7/8/15. Since these injections I have become even worse! My hand is numb my arm feels like its been burned, my hand randomly opens and I drop things like dishes, cups, etc... The pain is absolutely unbearable at this point. I also want to know why the doctor injected me at c7,t1 when the issue is at c5, c6?

A neurosurgeon said I need a fusion. I am currently awaiting my consult with spinal surgeon [edit] to hear his opinion.

Has anyone had a cspine epidural make them worse? I am getting very scared that this pain is forever.

Thank you in advance for any input you may have.

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  • BlessedMom74BBlessedMom74 Posts: 322
    edited 09/20/2015 - 1:42 PM
    If a neurosurgeon already recommended surgery and is willing to perform it on you and you're suffering this much, I don't understand what you're waiting for. Neurosurgeon's are the ideal doctors to perform this surgery in my opinion. Many who are suffering can't get a neurosurgeon to do it, so if you can, you're very fortunate.
    I, like you, got worse after my injection too. Don't wait too long is my only advice.

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  • I think the question you need to ask yourself is "what exactly is the injection going to heal?" If you were to say inflammation or swelling I would respond "so what is causing that?"

    Best wishes.
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