Hi All, I have herniations at c5/c6 and c6/c7 - with neck pain, left arm pain and weakness. My muscles from neck down into my left arm are stiff.
In Germany (where I currently am, but I am American), they will not operate on the cervical spine unless life or death. They will give injections, prescribe all kinds of stuff like physiotherapy, braces, acupunture, etc.
To start, my orthopedic has given me two injections called "Neuraltherapy" in each side of my neck, one week apart. He said it contains lidocaine and cortisone. I then received a third injection in my rear end of pain meds, each time.
After the first shot, I felt immediate relief that same day. The next two days were very bad - major tension of muscles, weakness worsening, lots of twitching. The 3rd day was awesome. I felt like the pain was less and some strength came back.
I had my second shot yesterday. It feels the same way. Today lots of stiffness and soreness. I am hoping for nice results again on the 3rd day.
Has anyone had these types of injections for cervical herniations, and if so, is your experience close to mine (first good, then bad, then good)?