Hey all, I'm in my early / mid 20's and have been dealing with a C4-C5 herniated disc for just over a year now and need some advice. Sadly no one quite understands what I'm going through around me.
It all started the day after going to the gym. I woke up with really bad pain in my shoulder / arm pit. It got constantly worse over the course of a couple weeks and wouldn't go away. So my doctor recommended I get an MRI. The MRI showed 2 slight herniation in my cervical spin, I immediately tried Physical Therapy but it made me worse. I then tried Chyro treatments, and it helped manage the pain for awhile, but the flair ups became more and more frequent. I then went back to the doctor and he recommended Epidural injections, I just had my first one under 2 weeks ago and nothing has changed.
I wake up with a stiff neck and pain in it and my shoulder. On most days it goes all the way down my arm into my hand. If I do exercises like chin tucks, both of my hands tingle. To make things worse, within the last month my left leg has begun to show symptoms of a lumbar issue, giving me tingling in my foot and pain behind the knee.
I don't know what to do, a disc replacement surgery has been talked about with my doctor as a possibility, but I'm just turning 25 next month! Is having a major surgery like that advisable at my age? Also, with a recovery time of 1+ month I don't know if my job (freelance) will fire me if I need that time off. I'm living with my parents currently but was hoping to move out by the summer again, they are not supportive of me talking about the possibility of needing this surgery. All they can think of is my job and what it would mean if I lost it.
I don't know what to do. I don't know if it's worth delaying a surgery for even another year or if I still can do something less invasive to fix the issue. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I've been reading through these forums and it's somewhat comforting knowing that I'm not alone.****************************************************************************************************** Welcome to Spine-Health
One of the most important things that members can do is to provide the rest of the community with as much information about themselves as possible. It is so very difficult for anyone to respond when we do not have enough information to go on. This is not meant to indicate that you are doing anything wrong or violated any rule, we are just trying to be pro-active and get the information upfront so that people can start responding and your thread is more effective.
So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong, The fact that your test results are negative does not mean that you are fine and without any concerns. Many times it takes several diagnostic tests and procedures to isolate a specific condition.
Here are some questions that you should answer:
- When did this first start?
. Year, Your age, etc
- Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
- Are there others in your family with similar medication conditions?
- What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)
. Which doctor did you start with? Ie Primary Care Physician
. Who are you currently seeing?
- What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
. Physical Therapy
. Ultrasound / Tens unit
. Spinal Injections
. Massage Therapy
- What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)
. Summarize the results, please do not post all details, we cannot analyze them
. How many different tests have you had over the years? Similar results?
- What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
. Name of Medication
. How long have you been using this?
- Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)
- Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
- What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?
Providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
of your situation and make it easier to respond.
Please take a look at our forum rules: Forum Rules
I also strongly suggest that you take a look at our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) which can be found at the top of the forum menu tab or by going to FAQ
There you will find much information that will
- Help you better utilize the Spine-Health system
- Provide pointers on how to make your threads / posts
- Tips on how to create your avatar (your picture), posting images, etc
- General pieces of valuable information
Please remember that no one at Spine-Health is a formally trained medical professional.
Everything that is posted here is based on personal experiences and perhaps additional research.
As such, no member is permitted to provide
- Analysis or interpretation of any diagnostic test (ie MRI, CTscan, Xray, etc)
- Medical advice of any kind
- Recommendations in terms of Medications, Treatments, Exercises, etc
What could be good for someone could spell disaster for another.
You should also consult your doctor to better understand your condition and the do’s and don’t’s.
It is very important that new members (or even seasoned members) provide others with details about their condition(s). It is virtually impossible to help another member when all the details we have areI’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?
Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways it’s like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then it’s up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.Specific comments :Personal Opinion, not medical advice :
--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 12/02/15 22:20est