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New Here, flare up question

Library mamaLLibrary mama Posts: 2
edited 11/30/2015 - 12:21 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical

I am new here. Been dealing with a herniation at c7 for the last 6 months. Lots of PT and 3 steroid injections to date. Went from crazy busy full time working mom of three (with a travelling husband) to a lower stress part time schedule. In that way I am thankful for the pain, I was headed for something like this due to an untenable schedule and I feel much more balanced now.

After most recent injection (about 1 week ago) , my pain has been very high, about a 9 up from a 6. Previously this was not the case. The first two helped a lot, if temporarily. My question is has anyone found anything that helps with flare up? I have lots of icy hot patches in place and take low dose tramadol as needed, but its not really helping and I detest the side effects. Stronger stuff, like oxy and such gives me horrible headaches, so its not an option. Ice seems to be the only thing that helps, but trying not to over do that either. I know it will pass and I have been here before, just wondered if there are any new tricks to try ;) ? I know that pt and exercise help long term, just not sure about post injection pain. Been trying to make myself walk and do yoga, but its torturous right now.


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  • BManBBMan Posts: 113
    edited 12/01/2015 - 9:44 AM
    When my flare-ups hit, I have as much trouble dealing with the anxiety and depression as I do dealing with the pain. There is a lot I do to try to alleviate these horrible times. Sometimes I use a TENS unit or back brace. I take walks to help relieve the pressure on my spine that sitting causes (and to help clear my head). Like you, I try to simplify my schedule (and may drop hobbies/projects I'm working on) and work on de-stressing. I've taken hot baths and tried listening to calming music. I get help lifting groceries that I might otherwise lift if my pain is not so strong. I think I sleep more, and I definitely spend more time lying around on the floor, bed, or the couch.

    It can be very difficult to get relief, and sometimes it just doesn't come. I hope you experiment and find some helpful tools that help you through the flare-ups you have.
  • Library mamaLLibrary mama Posts: 2
    edited 12/03/2015 - 1:30 AM
    That helps. I have had some success with meditation and some more pt. Here's hoping it passes soon.
  • Max_LeeMax_Lee New York, United StatesPosts: 88
    edited 12/03/2015 - 6:04 PM
    When the flareups hit, I try heat, taking my meds, and hot baths. I try to relax, because stress does not help. BMan has got some good advice. I also like to try to distract myself by reading and listening to music. Meditation does help some people, it can help you de-stress a bit. Hope it passes!
    Kieran Lee
     "The loneliest people are the kindest. The saddest people smile the
    brightest. The most damaged people are the wisest. All because they do
    not wish to see anyone else suffer the way they do.''-Anonymous

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