Hi. My name is Angela and I hope to be able to find answers to a couple of questions I have. Here's my background so please bear with me.
I started having pain in my right shoulder a couple of years ago. It progressively got worse and in February of this year I sought out an Orthopedic doc. He ordered an MRI said he saw some arthritis and a little tendonitis in the shoulder and recommended physical therapy. While working with the therapist many times she said that she firmly believed my problem was as much as my neck as it was the shoulder itself. I relayed the info to my ortho doctor and he really didn't pay it any mind, instead telling me what I needed resistance excercises and such with the shoulder. After 15 visits of PT my shoulder hurt far worse than it ever had, was insanely tight so I felt it necessary to end treatment and find a new orthopedic doctor. My new doc reviewed my history, actually listened and ordered up an MRI on my neck. Turns out I have 5 problem areas in my neck, three of which are crushed discs on my left side not the right side which would make more sense to me. She said they are minor and not putting any pressure on the spine. I will be having an epidural injection in C-5,6 and C6,7. My questions are as follows: does this mean I will have two injections that day or will they be able to get to those discs with one shot; also I cannot seem to find ANY information on the internet in regards to crushed cervical discs so I'm not sure if it goes by some other name and I'm wondering if anyone else has had them. I don't know how I got it and never thought to ask if this was something that happened over time or was it an injury of some sort. If it's the latter that caused it, the only thing I can think of is two years ago my then 6-year old son jumped from the couch onto my back and within an hour I had a cramp so bad in my neck that it took days before I was painfree. Thanks in advance for any advice.