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protrusion at C6/7 causing compression of the left C7 nerve root

narod74nnarod74 Posts: 1
edited 12/14/2015 - 3:05 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi there,

3 weeks ago I started to experience severe back pain in my upper back after spending a couple of nights sleeping in a hospital chair next to my dad who subsequently passed away. A couple of days after his passing, my back went into spasm and I was barely able to move.

When that spasm stopped a few days later I was left with neck pain and pins and needles radiating down my arm and int two of my fingers. I've had an MRI and the report says the following:

"Findings: At C6/7, there is a left-sided intraforaminal disc protrusion causing compression of the left C7 nerve root. This likely
accounts for the left-sided symptoms. The canal dimensions are relatively well maintained.
The C5/6 disc is also desiccated with slight disc bulging towards the left.
The other intervertebral discs appear normal.
There is no evidence for any compression on the cord.
There is no vertebral body abnormality of note or significant facet joint arthrosis.

IMPRESSION: Left paracentral disc protrusion at C6/7 causing compression of the left C7 nerve root."

After a lot of physio, posture correction, anti inflamtories and pain killers, I have had very little improvement. My physio therapist is most worried about the weakness in my tricept. He is suggesting a cortisone injection to settle the nerve down / block the pain.

Just wondering if anyone has been through something similar? The stress of it all is high and I'm wondering if I'm making myself worse worrying about it all.

Is it too early for me to worry after only 3 weeks? Any recommendations from people who have been down a similar path would be appreciated.


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  • TreadmillTTreadmill Posts: 40
    edited 12/17/2015 - 8:19 AM
    Hi Narod

    I'm sorry to hear about your dad.

    The stress of his passing plus sleeping in hospital chairs, probably without neck support, may have stirred things up. Some of us have been at this for years and it is a long, frustrating and painful journey.

    Most of the time it seems like doctors want you to try a variety of treatments and therapies before resorting to surgery. That is why you see people on here who have been at this for years. Every time they send you to try something different, weeks if not months go by waiting (in pain) for the next appointment.

    Spasms are painful and difficult to treat long-term (at least has been my experience), especially when you have a well-documented reason for your muscles to be mad at you (....MRI).

    You are asking about an injection to treat the effected area. I, personally, have found injections to be helpful (some more than others). They probably helped me delay surgery by at least several years.

    I'm sorry to hear that you are experiencing neck pain - nothing is worse in my opinion. Brace yourself for a series of hits and misses in your treatment.

    I hope you find something that works for you soon.
    Scoliosis and other problems at every level.

    2013: C-5 to C-6 ADR
    2014: C-5 to C-6 fusion/revision of failed ADR
    2014: Total hip replacement, right

    Cancelled multi-level fusion - fear being more crippled and in more pain.
  • LauraD1414LLauraD1414 Posts: 8
    edited 12/17/2015 - 8:41 AM
    I have a very similar diagnosis. I have budging c5-c6 that is compressing the nerve root on the left side along with a few bone spurs that are probably not helping. I had cortisone injections about 4 years ago that helps for a long time. But in late 2014 my neck pain, numbness and tingling down my arms came back. Of course we did a new MRI then off to injections I went. I had the 3 rounds of injections but this time around they didn't alleviate any of my symptoms. I was referred to a great NS who basically said that PT, injections and pain med are not going to fix the problem. I am scheduled for single level ACDF January 5th. I am going in today for a new MRI just to make sure that nothing has change from the last MRI I had back in October 2014.
    I know a lot of people that cortisone has worked wonder for them and just have to go back every now and then for another injection. Hope that you find some relief to your discomfort. Keep us posted on what you end up doing.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    I, too, am sorry for the recent passing of your dad.

    Treadmill, above, shares my experience with things taking time for understanding of cause and treatment of pain.

    I think it is very good you have already had MRI and doctor's involvement!

    Re the injections, for me, some have been successful and some not.
    But I felt it to be worth the attempt for relief and when it worked, very worth it.
    Also, with the fluoroscope doctor will use , he is able to see and exam that area of spine visible to him.
    I think of it as a good check up.

    Re your worrying, much of it can be expected with something new and something painful.
    I sought help for my anxiety, but that was also my tendency prior to my pain.
    All that energy that I spent on things not yet known was better spent on pain control and the possible ups and downs of treatments and for me, medications.

    Let doctor know of all you feel, physically and emotionally.
    We are so individual, even with shared spinal issues, treatments may vary.
    He best to assess and guide and or reassure you.

    Please keep us posted!

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