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Herniated disc at C5, Shoulder, head, back pains, help!

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  • Hi everyone I am new to this site. I guess I am just frustrated with Drs and I was looking for opinions and support of those who understand what I am going through. I am a 33 yr old female and I have been in pain going on 7 yrs! I was in a motorcycle accident in my twenties and I had many scrapes and bruises and I hurt my neck but overall I am lucky and fortunate to be alive! My pain started about a year later and the doctor put me on percocet and I needed to take more of it the longer I was on it! I have several bulging and herniated discs in my neck, 2 Arachnoid Cysts and an aneurysm in my head, Hypothyroidism, IBS, and Fibromyalgia. I am obviously in a lot of pain and very depressed! I have pain in various areas of the body from the Fibromyalgia, like the tops of my legs, in my hips, my back, and most of all my neck and shoulders! I have bad headaches, blurry vision, and dizziness from the cysts/aneurysm! The pain is so bad sometimes I can barely get ready for the day and the night is the worse! My neck burns, throbs, and aches all night and my pillow fills like lava under my neck! Then I wake up stiff and feeling like I have been hit by a bus! The doctors do not seem to understand and they tell me to just eat right, exercise, and just live with it; that's easy for them to say! I do not I have insurance so most doctors just do the bare minimum. I have applied to Medicaid, so fingers crossed on that! I have moved back home with parents so thank God for them! I can't do all the things I used to enjoy. I don't go off with friends like I used to and I don't work anymore! I am an Esthetician and I enjoyed my job before now! I want to get married and have kids one day and it scares me that I may not be able to. I am on 95mg of Methadone now and it used to work great but the pain broke through and got worse and worse! I am also on Cymbalta and Trazodone, to no avail. I don't want to be on pain meds and I don't know what to do anymore! I guess I am just hoping for some helpful advice and encouragement from those who can relate to what I am going through! Sorry this was my first post so it won't always be this long! Thanks for listening and I hope to get some great insight! Thanks, elite4me2
  • http://www.spine-health.com/forum/announcements/spine-health-announcements/welcome-message-resource

    Who are you seeing now for the methadone? When is the last time that you have been seen by a board certified spine surgeon, and when was your last MRI done?
    The biggest thing that you need to do is find out the exact cause of the pain you are having. If you have an aneurysm, why have they not done surgery to correct that, since they can be extremely dangerous and the risks of leaving it alone are too great not to treat it.
    A bulging disc is not generally a big deal, unless the bulge is so large that it is in contact with a nerve root, to the side of the vertrebra on the right or left......broad based bulges are simply ones that are a bit outside the normal margins of their usual location between the vertebra.
    Herniations can be large or small , extruded or not, and many times , can resolve on their own, unless they are in contact with the nerves as well.
    If you do get medicaid, it would be wise to start with seeing a board certified spine surgeon to find out exactly what the cause of your pain is, and then he can discuss treatment options or surgery with you if it is necessary.....if not, he can send you to physical therapy and other specialists as needed for what he finds......

    http://www.spine-health.com/forum/pain/chronic-pain/chronic-pain-treatment-step-step
    http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/herniated-disc/whats-a-herniated-disc-pinched-nerve-bulging-disc
    http://www.spine-health.com/forum/treatment/alternative-treatments/defintion-bulging-vs-herniated-spinal-disc
    http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/diagnostic-tests/getting-accurate-back-pain-diagnosis

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  • sandi said:


    A bulging disc is not generally a big deal, unless the bulge is so large that it is in contact with a nerve root, to the side of the vertrebra on the right or left......broad based bulges are simply ones that are a bit outside the normal margins of their usual location between the vertebra.


    Hi,

    I have been diagnosed with a bulging/protrusion disc at c5-6. I just wanted to know if this is serious or not as my symptoms include slight numbness mainly on my left side arms and legs. I have had an MRI of the Brain and a cervical spine screening. The brain MRI was clean and the cervical one showed the bulge.
    My neuro doc says my symptoms are mainly due to the bulge touching the nerve root , but, there is no need for an operation. I also showed my reports to an ortho and a physio who have the same opinion that I dont need any operation and just physio therapy at home is enough for my condition. Also all 3 docs did a physical exam of me and found that my strength is fine and motor skills are normal.

    Moreover, I have no pain, however, this numbness and tingling keep coming on and off through the day, and though I do not feel any discomfort but I still am concerned. Is there any other test I should get or anything I need to be careful of. I have been advised not to lift weights and keep my posture correct. Short of that I am free to walk, jog, go cycling.

    I am on Pregalin M 75 , Neurobion Forte for 15 days each and Myospaz Forte(for 5 days).

    I just wanted to get a better understanding of my condition and what should I be looking forward to and how to best manage my condition over the years.

    Cheers
  • http://www.spine-health.com/forum/announcements/spine-health-announcements/welcome-message-resource

    Since all three medical professionals you have seen have advised you that your condition at this time is not serious or in need of surgery, then that is the advice you should follow.
    Generally speaking, discs can bulge because of position of your neck in your case during the MRI or they are simply sitting a bit outside the normal margins between the vertebra. Some bulges can be larger than others, but if you are only experiencing intermittent symptoms, it may be related to how you are positioning your head.
    If the symptoms become worse or occur more often, then it would be time to reevaluate whether or not the bulge has worsened. Of course, the best preventatives is to protect and strengthen the muscles surrounding your spine , and not playing sports that might cause further injury.
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