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Herniation at C5-C6, Newly Diagnosed and Looking for Advice

maehaleymaehaley PennsylvaniaPosts: 322
edited 08/18/2016 - 12:44 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical

I just spoke to my Neurologist and a recent MRI showed a herniation at levels C5-C6. I have been having chronic, tension headache like symptoms for about 3 or 4 years and was just treated by my PCP with pain medication and muscle relaxers (Vicoprofen and Flexiril) and heat when needed. I also tried physical therapy about 3 years ago but it did not really help much. Over the last few months the pain and tightness in the back of my neck and shoulder blade muscles has progressively gotten worse and the medication is less effective, most likely because I have been taking the same thing for so long. This pain is every day, pretty much all day. I was finally able to see a Neurologist and get an MRI of my neck done, which showed the herniations. Yay, I finally have an answer as to what is causing my symptoms!

I have a follow up with my PCP next week. I want to discuss my options with her and what to do next. Do I just continue with the pain meds, try new meds, see a Psyiatrist, chiropractor, shots, etc. What if it is caused by arthritis? How do we narrow it down?

Just wondering if anyone has experience with herniation at these levels? Thanks!

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