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arm pain - suggestions for relief??

spinaltapsspinaltap Posts: 50
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:26 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
hi again :|

I have a centrally herniated c5-c6 disc that has caused nerve damage in both arms all the way to the fingertips. I am on 7.5 mg of hydrocodone every 4 hours, alternating a heating pad and ice packs and taking a multitude of other prescriptions daily =P~ . I have stopped all PT due to excessive pain and I am waiting on a Epidural Injection to be done on 1/8/09. I need some suggestions on relieving the arm pain???? Nothing seems to help. It feels like a deep, excruciating bone pain (if that makes sense) in both arms. It is so painful. I'm trying to work a 40 hr week at a desk doing clerical duties and it is becoming difficult. I have a heating pad stuck under my shirt and plugged in to the wall at my desk, and when I get up to make copies I take the cord with me.... I guess it would be funny if it didn't hurt so bad..... /:) Any ideas??????


  • Hi Spinal Tap,
    I can totally relate to your pain. :) I have a herniated disk at C5/6 that is also pinching a nerve and have lived with the periferal nerve pain since March 08- My arm/hand and thumb pointer on right side C6. Also my walk is impacted on the left side- go figure... Same as you, I have found that Pt is painful. I found Lyrica to help the most. It works on periferal nerves. Literally 5 days it took to kick in, and it helped relieve it from screaming/crying pain to a more manageable state. This is just my experience. I still require it, and worry about inpact it has on me. Have you been seen by a NS? I will likely be going in this direction as nothing can relieve the pressure off the nerve. Everyday I wish it would go on its own- but hasn't yet happened. I truly hope you find something that will help you.
  • Lyrica and amitriptyline helped my pain also. I found TENs at PT helpful and ultrasound. I can't imagine working with pain though. Take care and hope the epi helps. 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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  • To answer your question about seeing a NS yet......the last time I spoke with my Psiatrist (spelling?), she said that because of the nerve damage (she did an "nerve conduction" test I can't think of the name) I would be treated aggressively. She said I would have PT, at least 2 ESI, pain meds and if none of that helps...surgery. So, it looks like that is where I am headed. At this point, I'm ready.
  • sulendec -clinoril is a very strong anti inflamitory that helped me when my arms and neck first went haywire ,[nothing] helped the pain except this medicin ,not sure if im spelling it write .
  • It was prenisone for a 10 days. I'm talking high dosages too, and then a taper for another 10 days. I kept my arm above my head as much as I could. That seem to get the pressure off the nerve but it's probably different for all people. I had bone spurs on the c5 nerve root and more bone spurs and herniated disk impingining on the c7 nerve roots.

    It felt like I have been dragged around town by an gorilla by my left arm and I was in so much pain all I could do was curl up at night and cry.

    Do not put the heat on the nerve (spine) but only the muscle spasms itself. I got some pain relief from the electro-stimulis the chriropactor gave me until I could see a NS but do not let them adust your neck! Only work on your arm and elbow if that is painful too. My was-I couldn't lift an empty coffee cup!

    I commend you for being able to work. I quit my desk job! Good luck and seek a good Neurosurgeon soon. My GP wanted me to do PT before seeing a NS and I did and it was a waste of time and only prolonged my misery. If your body is telling you somemthing-listen to it :)
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  • Spinal- I do know one thing. I feel reallllly bad for you that you have to do clerical work when you are having that kind of pain.
    I was in that boat one time, and had to quit.
    I wish I could say I was posting some kind of miracle suggestion for this pain but honestly I dont think there is one, besides NOT doing that work, which is really not an option for a lot of people!
    I could actually clean my house, vacuum, etc... but when I went to sit at the desk and start doing those things, DONE- I was in big PAIN trouble!
    My pm actually increased the amt of meds I could take while i was at work until my two week notice was up. I literally COULDNT do it, which is what it sounds like you are up against.
    Anyway, Good Luck! I feel for you!

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