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New member with c5/c6, l3 and l5/s1 herniation

AdccmuAAdccmu Posts: 1
edited 01/16/2016 - 8:08 PM in Chronic Pain
I just found this site and am happy I did! I have been dealing with chronic pain the last 4 years. I herniated 2 lumbar discs while pregnant with my 1st. It was terrible but I managed with therapy. 22 months later , I had my 2nd child.

I have had pain everyday but can get by. But I can't walk longer than 20 min and have found no way to exercise without pain. It doesn't help that I've been lifting babies!

In Oct of this year, I herniated c5/c6 disc and the neck injury has been terrible. I have pain as well as numbness in my left hand. This week, the front of my thighs started tingling.

My ortho surgeon said 2 of the 3 herniation a are pretty bad but because of how young I am, would like to hold off on surgery as long as possible. I've never had any injections as of yet.

I've tried therapy for my neck, but it seemed to make it worse. I'm going to try a new therapist out. My youngest is not even 2 yrs old and 30 lbs so I know lifting him isn't helping, but there is nothing I can do about that.

I'm trying to avoid surgery. Any suggestions of how to manage pain so I can exercise and get back to a more normal life appreciated! The ortho surgeon and rehabilitation Doctor haven't provided much help. Thank you in advance!


  • LizLiz Posts: 8,835
    edited 01/16/2016 - 8:08 PM
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    edited 01/16/2016 - 9:53 PM
    It sounds very difficult to limit some of your activities as you said, with two little ones.
    I was just thinking of trying ways of not lifting children as much.

    Maybe sitting on floor, bed or couch, to hug or hold them....dress them.
    Trying to make a game out of kind of training them to come to you.

    I'm just thinking if cutting down any percentage of lifting them may be helpful to you.
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  • SongJinSSongJin Arizona Posts: 287
    edited 01/17/2016 - 1:25 AM
    I've got a herniated disc at C5/6 too--terrible pain for way too long! Chronic pain for a long time before acute radiculopathy issues, and It's taken almost a year of being ignored to finally start making progress on treatment.

    Obviously we can't give medical advice, but I would say--try to see more than one person! Have you talked to a neurosurgeon or two? If you're feeling numbness or tingling in your legs, I'd personally want to make sure my spinal cord isn't being compressed (I recently found out mine is), and personally that's not something I want to play around with. I'm also young, 32, and surgery is not appealing...but neither is permaent spinal cord damage. I'd just make sure you understand all your options from preferably more than one specialist.

    If you can, getting referred to a pain specialist might help--there's the injection route (which I'm also debating at the moment), but they may also be more helpful with suggesting other medications like muscle relaxers, other anti-inflammatories, drugs for nerve pain like gabapentin, etc, if you haven't already been down that road.
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