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Second Opinion

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,082
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:20 AM in Spinal Stenosis
I just got the results from my MRI, and my Orthopedist says I have moderate stenosis at C6-C7, and mild stenosis at C3-C4. He has referred me to an Anesthesiologist to get an epidural shot. I'm only 25, and a couple of people have told me I should get a 2nd opinion before getting the shot. I'm in so much pain, I really don't want to take the time to find another doctor and get in for a 2nd opinion (and would a new doctor then have to do his own MRI?). What do y'all think??


  • MetalneckMetalneck The Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,778
    Where exactally is your pain? Does it spead or radiate into either or both arms? Down to your fingers? Does anything make the pain worse or better?
    Position change? Arm(s) in the air or behind your head (Chicken Winging)?

    Ask a question and get 6 more ..... sorry need more info.

  • Kathleen, I see this is your first post so I wanted to welcome you to spine-health. There is a ton of information here, and all the articles written are reviewed by medical professionals, so this is reassuring that the information on that part of the site is correct. The member forum is a great asset too with people who are living with these types of issues, and we can all be a great support to one another.

    Now for your question. Understand that this is just my opinion. If you were headed to some kind of surgery, I would say absolutely yes that you should get another opinion. However, an injection is one of the more conservative methods of treatment. (yikes, sticking a needle in your neck is conservative-- :jawdrop: ). You need to be confident in this orthopedist before you make that decision. Is he a spine specialist or just a regular ortho? If you feel confident that he is a great doctor, then follow your gut instinct. There is a video section on this site that I think you can see a video of an epidural steroid injection.

    The other thing that I would add is that you should make sure whomever is doing the injection, if you choose to go ahead, does them frequently and knows what he is doing. I know an anesthesiologist who will do lumbar ESIs, but won't touch the c-spine because the space is so much tighter than in the lumbar area. So make sure you find a qualified person to do the injection.

    You may want to research stenosis as well. Good luck with this, and I feel for you.


    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
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  • The worst pain is just under my right scapula. It feels like someone is digging their elbow into that muscle (when this first started, we thought it was just a severe muscle spasm). It radiates down the back of my right arm to the pinky (no numbness or tingling - just pain, like a deep ache). Almost any movement of my neck hurts, and the only relief I can get is laying flat on my back with my head slightly propped, like on a small pillow (and sometimes even that doesn't work). I keep trying to move my right arm around, trying different positions or stretches, but nothing releases the pain at all.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,419
    hi kathleen,

    i totally agree with cindy. when it comes to something as major as spinal surgery, i would always seek a second opinion and many times a third.
    spinal injections are identified as one of the conserative treatements for spine problems.
    here are some excellent links right here at spine-health that can provide you with some more details:



    and the video

    you should also visit the spinal injections category at these message boards. there you will be able to read alot about what others have to say about spinal injections (esis)

    good luck
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • always get another opinion..
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