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Is it normal to start PT before receiving a diagnosis?



  • Finally received a diagnosis. Turns out I have three different bulging cervical disks. All are considered "mild" (I'd hate to know what a moderate or severe feels like!). I'm continuing the PT and have a cervical epidural scheduled in two weeks, though if the PT alone is helping enough then I can cancel it.

    I was also given a prescription for neurontin instead of the Cymbalta. My wife actually took the same medicine after her wrist surgery and said it made her feel hungover, if it will help get rid of my constant headaches and face pain then a Ill take feeling hungover.

    The cervical epidural sounds a little scary. Anybody have experience with one?
  • I had to go PT before I could get an MRI once. It wasn't my doctor's order. My insurance would not pay for the MRI until I had PT. It was the most painful part of herniated disc adventure. Read my signature I have had quite the experience. Haven't had any PT since.
    Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.
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  • I was diagnosed with multiple bulges too, and I would hate to see what severe felt like. I think atleast in my case it was the position they put me in for the mri, my neck was cradled and wasn't hurting to bad, if I lay flat without any neck support it is unbearable. I haven't been put on neurotin yet, I have thought about requesting that. If therapy is helping you then that is great, if you don't feel like it is helping enough then I would get the epi. I have had 2 and they are scary at first but it isn't a big deal. I don't do needles so it kinda freaked me out. I didn't get much relief from the epi's but I have heard a lot of people do get relief, my doctor said she expected at least 6 weeks of relief. My wife had lumbar herniated discs and she got a lot of relief from them, she avoided surgery for 4 years but hers was inevitable. Good luck
  • Also had epidural it did help temporarily, but have never heard of if ever fixing anything. Just a bandaid
    Cervical 360 ACDF C6/7-C7T1 Posterior fusion with hardware C3-T1 11/11/13
  • Yes, it is a bandaid, it will help calm the nerve down and give you some comfort to do some pt either from a professional or at home by yourself. Your body is supposed to absorb the bulge and heal itself, the epi is also supposed to help you cope with the symptoms while your body is trying to heal itself. I have heard of people not having any symptoms after the epi, and only needing one and never having any symptoms again, but I think that is if it is only very minor.
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