Advice - Cervical Herniated Disc C6-C7

Advice - Cervical Herniated Disc C6-C7

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Advice - Cervical Herniated Disc C6-C7

Hi people,

Newbie here, my story is this -

I have recently emigrated to Canada from the UK with my wife and 3 year old son, which has been a very stressful time in our lives. I was only in the country a couple of weeks and on one of my regular gym visits I injured my neck, I only had slight pain but the next morning I was in the worst pain I have ever felt, basically my right arm felt like someone had stabbed me with a knife, and my thumb and index finger total numbness.

So my doctor sent me for a CT scan which confirmed a very large Cervical Herniated Disc C6-C7, which was very close to my spinal cord. At the time of my results my arm felt much better and I have improved movement in my neck, but my fingers are still numb, and I get major pain in bed when I lay down. So my doctor suggested a month of rest before we make a decision about what to do next.

My doctor seems to think it's a bad one, so I am guessing I am going to need surgery somewhere down the line.

I am only 31 and thought I was invincible but this is the worst pain I have ever felt.

My questions are,

Has anybody recovered from a large Cervical Disc Herniation without surgery?

Where they able to continue with sporting activities?

I am very nervous about the surgery, do most people make a full recovery?

I have been through hell and back with this injury and it makes me so depressed, I have not yet been able to look for work in my new home because of the injury so you can imagine how stressful its been, but I guess other people on this forum have worse problems than me. I just got to get on with it.

Thanks.

Pete.

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Welcome

Hi Pete, welcome to Spine-Health. Wave You've come to the right place to meet others like yourself. None of us are doctors though, and can only share our experiences and opinions.

As you can see by my signature, I had a pretty major neck surgery in October, and now, at three months out, I'm getting better every day. I'm so glad I had the surgery - I had pins and needles in my right arm and was losing the use of my left arm and those symptoms were gone immediately after surgery. I'm experiencing the normal "healing" pain now, muscle spasms and some aching, but I'm convinced that those will go away after PT.

My only suggestion to you would be that, if you choose to have surgery, make sure you're 100% confident in your surgeon. My surgeon was the best IMHO.

Take care and feel free to PM me any time if you have any questions or just need to vent.

You'll find some very wonderful, caring and helpful people here.

Cath

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Pmac, some good questions

hi and welcome to the forum! Wave we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. you have alot of questions and have come to a great place to get some good answers. Thinking please have look around and make yourself at home. i do not have neck issues but we do have pain in common. ~X( good luck as you search for pain relief! Jenny Smile

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Hi PeteI am new too. I am

Hi Pete

I am new too. I am 33 and we have the same symptoms but my herniated disc is at C5-C6 with a budging one at C6-C7. The pain gets so bad I can barely move, so I know how you feel. It is the worst pain I have ever felt and I have decided to go forward with the prestige disc replacement. For me it seems that if I stop taking my meds I go back to square one. I really do not like relying on meds plus I hate the fuzzy feeling. I am so scared to do anything in fear that I will aggravate it, which has me down in the dumps. I have had more than one opinion and was told physical therapy would not work for me by 3 Drs. Have you talked to a Dr about PT or meds? I will admit, I have been on amirx and it seems to help, maybe you will have some luck with meds and PT. It is always worth it to try. Good luck!

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Thanks for the reply. My

Thanks for the reply.

My Doctor has said the PT would be too risky for me so has advised against this. I have been taking Perocet for my pain but I now only need these before bed to help me sleep otherwise I am pacing around the bedroom like a mad man!

I can manage the pain throughout the day and the injury seems to be improving. I am normally a very active person so I am down in the dumps most of the day also. I just hope that things get better without surgery and I am able to return to doing sports, but I am terrified to do anything at the moment just in case I make things worse.

If I do end up going down the surgery road then I think the artificial replacement would be my choice.

Is Artificial Replacement now widely available or is this still in clinical trial or only available through private medical?

I am new to North America so unsure what is available this part of the world.

Pete.

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Hi Pete and Welcome

Perhaps going to a pain management Dr. would help. It also is good to get a second opinion. I had an EMG to test the nerves to make sure there is no damage. I'm also on Lyrica to stop the tingling and numbness of my leg. I also have cervical issues but not a herniated disc but I have numbness and tingling and pain in my left arm and I've had a couple of steriod injections that have helped. I would try everything conservatively but that's my experience.
www.chirogeek.com this is a great website. Good luck and see you around the posts. Charry

DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN

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New here, too...hoping for some clarity

Hi all,

I am in a similar situation to Pete, but my issues is herniated disc in c5,c6 with fairly major pain (mainly at night or when I'm actively using my right arm (household cleaning, computer work, etc.)

I've had two MRIs and have been seeing a Physiotherapist (In Ireland) and while it helped a bit in the beginning, the sessions seemed to exacerbate the pain.

I am now relying on my meds (vicodin, flexeril and mobic) from the US, but am running out and none of these are helping. I'm in the queue (5 wk wait) to see a pain mgmt specialist about a possible Epidural steroid injection.

A few questions:

First, has anyone had an ESI and if so, what were the results? Was this just a quick fix or did it help relieve longer term pain.

Second, Lyrica. What's the effectiveness of this drug? I am asking doc for a script for this, since there is a long wait to get any additional relief. I have a shooting pain down my right arm and occassional numbness in my fingers. This (again) is exacerbated thru computer work.

I'm a PhD student and the pain is (like everyone else here) wrecking havoc on my life and preventing me from doing normal day to day research.

I'm sick of not sleeping, sick of being in chronic pain and becoming quite depressed thru it all.

If any of you have any words of wisdom on lyrica or the ESI, I'd love to hear from you.

Cheers, Susan

Pmac wrote:
Hi people,

Newbie here, my story is this -

I have recently emigrated to Canada from the UK with my wife and 3 year old son, which has been a very stressful time in our lives. I was only in the country a couple of weeks and on one of my regular gym visits I injured my neck, I only had slight pain but the next morning I was in the worst pain I have ever felt, basically my right arm felt like someone had stabbed me with a knife, and my thumb and index finger total numbness.

So my doctor sent me for a CT scan which confirmed a very large Cervical Herniated Disc C6-C7, which was very close to my spinal cord. At the time of my results my arm felt much better and I have improved movement in my neck, but my fingers are still numb, and I get major pain in bed when I lay down. So my doctor suggested a month of rest before we make a decision about what to do next.

My doctor seems to think it's a bad one, so I am guessing I am going to need surgery somewhere down the line.

I am only 31 and thought I was invincible but this is the worst pain I have ever felt.

My questions are,

Has anybody recovered from a large Cervical Disc Herniation without surgery?

Where they able to continue with sporting activities?

I am very nervous about the surgery, do most people make a full recovery?

I have been through hell and back with this injury and it makes me so depressed, I have not yet been able to look for work in my new home because of the injury so you can imagine how stressful its been, but I guess other people on this forum have worse problems than me. I just got to get on with it.

Thanks.

Pete.

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Hi Susan, Sorry to hear

Hi Susan,

Sorry to hear about your injury, I totally understand what you are going through at the moment, with regards to pain management and worries about surgery in the future.

I can tell you this though, I first done my injury at the end of November 08, and had the worst pain I had ever felt, my right arm and hand where numb and very sore, and I was unable to walk because I would get major head aches and almost faint at times.

At this time I wanted surgery right away and was willing to take any medication or injection that was available just to make me feel a little better.

The only medication my Doctor prescribed was Tylenol extra strength (useless) and the narcotic Oxycocet-(Percocet) which seemed to work great. I have no experience of ESI as yet so can't comment.

One thing that I did do was use ice quite a lot on my neck which helped with the pain and kept the swelling down.
I am still using ice now and then rather than taking the drugs.

I had no PT because it was too risky according to my Doc, so I did nothing but rest, which was hard for me because I am normally a quite an active person.

So at this time my injury seems to have eased off a little, I am down to only 1 Percocet pill before bed to help me sleep and I take no meds whatsoever in the day, and I feel much better. The only pain I have now is constant numbness in my thumb and index finger, and my neck gets a little stiff now and then.

I know how depressing this injury can be but you got to try and keep your head up and stay positive. I know people are different but I am hoping I can avoid the surgery route and get back to a normal life.

Thanks and good luck

Pete.

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My 2 cents

Cherry you ask about Lyrica, Been on it for at least 3 years now , 325mg/day I was up to 400mg but reduced it back down, Side effects;
The big one (for me) is memory problems, long term memory still ok short term memory forget it,weight gain at the beginning hands and feet swell a bit and food definitely taste better. Kind of hard to say what I gained weight from, I stopped smoking cigarettes with in a week of starting Lyrica.
Once all the side effects settled down it is good medicine for me it helps with the itchy burning and a bit of the deep pain.

Pete
Welcome to Canada
My In-laws are also from England,
Im sure you will consult with a neurologist eventually after all this is Canada
My advice to you, for the moment is “No! contact sports period until you know its safe.
Get to a neurologist ASAP
Good luck
JJ from Montreal
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A little back ground;
I’m a 48yrs old male, I have: cervical myelopothy; moderate to severe pain everyday of my life for the past 12 years,
I was diagnosed with: cervical myelopothy, sever stinosis in the neck, and severe D.D.D ,
At 37 I had to have a lamanectomy from C3 to C7 inclusive, do to herniated discs, affecting my spinal cord. The doctors have made it very clear that there is real nothing left to try, medically. Which means this is it…..
Presently I can not feel with my hands, no sensation, I have pain from my head to my toes. I have been on every type of pain medication and all stopped working after a while
Now I take Lyrica and and medical marijuana
(My advice to the world ,” acceptance, never give up, keep your self occupied . get psychological help, just to put things into prospective. Try to smile)