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C5/C6 herniation, horrible pain after epidural injections. Please help

MunkzillaMMunkzilla NYPosts: 208
edited 09/11/2015 - 7:05 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
hi everyone. last november i was hurt at work. i deliver heavy packages for a large corporation delivery service and work in an industrial area. it all started when i lifted boxes to bring to the shipping and receiving area of a regular stop. pain shot down my right arm, up my neck down my shoulder blade and into my face.

i told my supervisor and was sent to the er. they checked for a torn rotator cuff, it was not torn. i was told to follow up with an orthopedist. luckily i had one on my daily route, they saw me the following day. long story short mris and xrays showed a herniated disc at c5,c6 and a not quite torn shoulder tendon. after pt didnt help, and nothing else done to ease the constant pain except pain meds tossed at me, after be shoved off to a pain management doctor. i have migrains everyday and radiculopothy in my right arm and hand.

in may of this year the pm doc suggested cervical epidural injection to help. i had one on 5/18/15 then a second on 7/8/15. since these injections i have become even worse! my hand is numb my arm feels like its been burned, my hand randomly opens and i drop things like dishes, cups, etc... the pain is absolutely unbearable at this point. i also want to know why the doctor injected me at c7,t1 when the issue is at c5, c6?

a neurosurgeon said i need a fusion. i am currently awaiting my consult with spinal surgeon [edit] to hear his opinion.

has anyone had a cspine epidural make them worse? i am getting very scared that this pain is forever.

thank you in advance for any input you may have.

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  • BlessedMom74BBlessedMom74 Posts: 322
    edited 09/20/2015 - 1:42 PM
    If a neurosurgeon already recommended surgery and is willing to perform it on you and you're suffering this much, I don't understand what you're waiting for. Neurosurgeon's are the ideal doctors to perform this surgery in my opinion. Many who are suffering can't get a neurosurgeon to do it, so if you can, you're very fortunate.
    I, like you, got worse after my injection too. Don't wait too long is my only advice.

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  • I think the question you need to ask yourself is "what exactly is the injection going to heal?" If you were to say inflammation or swelling I would respond "so what is causing that?"

    Best wishes.
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