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Neck pain

I am new to this forum. I see a lot of you have similar problems to mine. I have battled neck and back pain for several years. I have gone to every specialist there is. After going to pain management for over a year and not getting better I finally convinced my GP to order an Emg and MRI. They both showed compression of the 2cervical nerves, 4 bulging discs, and cervical stenosis. Went to see two neurosurgeons and both said surgery would help. Then had a myelogram. The pain was excruciating! After two days of the pain not going away I went to the ER. They did another MRI and said the myelogram and MRI did look that bad and shouldn't require surgery. How can that be? I still have the pain but I was miraculously healed? Has this ever happened to anyone? I finally had a reason for all of this pain and now it's gone and back to arthritis and fibromyalgia. I don't get it. I am so sad I don't know what to do.


  • First let me say welcome to spine-health. Have a look around the forums and you will find others going through the same as yourself. We have many patients that sometimes don't require surgery. First off what kind of pain are you having and where is it located Ie pain in your left arm or pain in your shoulder. Is the pain stabbing, shouting or tingling. When do you have the pain in the morning or evening. What makes the pain better or worse. Do you know what the pain management doctor is using as a diagnoses to treat the pain. What kinds of treatments have you tried so far, to relieve it?

    My suspicion is the pain your describing to the doctors may not match the images. It is not unusual for a myelogram to cause additional pain. I have had several, that have brought me to tears. One doctor advised me to take some medication prior to the Myelo, however I said "I don't need that", her reply "trust me you will need this", and she was spot on. When there is compression going on, and they try to pass the medication through, it is reasonable for it to cause more pain, as just not much room for it go pass. But also when they flip the table, just the compression of the nerves more, can cause additional pain, as it is not the most comfortable position.

    Have you gotten copies of your medical records and read the reason you were declined for surgery. They might be telling you that you don't need it. It also could be that the myelogram offered up new information that compression they thought they seen weren't as true. The myelo usually gives the clearest picture of what is going on. Now remember this doesn't mean that you don't have nerve compressions going on, they just don't feel it is bad enough to warrant surgery at this time and think it could be treated with conservative treatments.

    My advice to you is to do all the conservative type treatments they are offering up, and I wouldn't turn down any suggestions at all. First off it might actually help and save you from surgery. Surgery is not necessarily a magic pill that is going to cure it. Keep in mind they are forever changing the way the spine functions. Also one of the risk you sign off, is that surgery can also make you worse, and or cause the need for more surgeries. Trust me I went in for a straight forward ACDF, and 5 years latter it has required 5 more additional surgeries. While I am not trying to scare you out of surgery, it is a matter of researching all your options. In many cases surgery does help, but so does conservative treatment.

    You need to keep in mind that you know your pain is real and they are not saying your not in pain, just that it doesn't warrant surgery at this time, and hopefully they are offering up some other treatment regimes that will help. Get to know your pain and keep a journal of where it is, how it affects your daily life, and what makes it better or what makes it worse. That information can go along way in helping both you and your doctors in your diagnoses and treatment.

    Just thought I would stop by and welcome you to spine-health. I look forward to reading more of your post. Please check out the FAQ section, located at the top of the page, for some useful links that will help you navigate the forums, as well as some useful links. keep us posted on how you get along.
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