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Herniation @ C3-C4, C5-C6 & C7-T1, any help?

james_ukjjames_uk Posts: 2
edited 01/27/2016 - 8:30 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi, for 8 months i have had the above which happened after a RTA this got confirmed via an MRI scan, at the time my symptoms where loss of strength in my right arm / hand, i was finding it hard using a knife and spraying bottles etc, i was also getting a lot of aching / pain down my right shoulder / arm and tingerling in my right little finger and down the palm of my hand.

Although i regained about 85% of my strength over the following months i still to this day still have the aching, pain and tingerling in my right palm and little finger.

when i see my spine surgeon he keeps asking me if i want to consider surgery but then also says he thinks this should go on its own in time, his main advice was to drink plenty of water, he did refer me to physio which i attended 1 appointment and they gave me some basic exercises to do in the form of slowly turning my head left to right and also pushing to head back as if i was making a double chin. i can't really say if these are doing that much but i carry on doing them anyway.

I just feel like this isn't ending any time soon and i really don’t want to even consider spinal surgery when i have been told with the vast majority of people this should just heal itself.

As far as i know, i have been told my c3-c4 & c5-c6 herniation is asymptomatic and its just the c7-t1 that is symptomatic.

I have tried a ct guided nerve block but i feel i only got a couple of weeks use from it.

Has anyone here got any other advice at all?




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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
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  • You don't say how old you are and whether you have anything else going on such as bone spurs. You also don't say whether you have severe spinal cord compression at any level, including C7-T1.

    I have herniated discs at every level. It was decided to leave them all alone except for C6-C7 where I had severe cord compression, which is a clear indication for surgery. Surgery took my pain from about an 8 to almost nothing and I am only 8 days post-op.

    The stuff about drinking a bunch of water sounds ridiculous to me. I saw five top spine surgeons and no one said anything about water. I don't think water is going to decompress your spinal cord if, in fact, you have cord compression.

    I hope you get some answers soon. Perhaps you should seek a second opinion.
    C6-C7 fusion -January 20, 2016
  • PlumbTuckeredOutPlumbTuckeredOut Philadelphia, PAPosts: 325
    edited 01/28/2016 - 7:26 PM
    for me, they indicate that I've been messing around too long and more disks are herniating( even though I drink loads of water!) I do some very detailed artwork and I need to use both my hands but my left hand has become useless, it lacks control for fine movement. My right hand is okay but not like it used to be.

    Looking at my MRI report, one dick bulges to the right, then left, then right..... my spine is doing the cha cha! My first impulse is to do the least possible but, since having 2 lumber surgeries, I think my neck is attempting to balance but it's wearing out. Today I awoke to my usual nack pain to increasingly worse back pain! I wish someone could address all my spinal issues at once!

    You may want to ask what it the optimal time to expect healing. If you choose to wait is it possible that things will deteriorate? Ask the surgeon what he would suggest his sister, brother, mother or father do? As if he feels there are any innovations on the horizon that would make waiting a better decision.

    Hope this helps!

    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by...... (Robert Frost)
    I still don't know if I should have taken the one that said, "Caution! Dead End" (Me)
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