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C 5/6 5mm protruding disc

CarolP88CCarolP88 Western AustraliaPosts: 12
edited 11/09/2016 - 6:11 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi friends,

I'm new here but have been reading quite a bit on the forums since my journey began on the 7th of October.

A quick run down, I am 28 and woke up in terrible pain on the 7th of October. I haven't slept a full night in my bed since this pain started and the pain has rarely ceased. After getting the usual run around from Doctors, including 6 initial GP visits with nothing but pills thrown at the problem, one ER visit, two physio appointments, an X-ray, an ultrasound, a CT scan and an MRI, I have been referred to a neurosurgeon for a 5mm protruding disc between C5/6 which is compressing the nerve and causing spinal stenosis (it's pushing my spinal cord to the left). While I am waiting for the specialist appointment I am seeing a chiropractor twice a week. He seems great and has been working on my whole back, not really using any traction methods on my neck so far and no real change in my pain levels.

I am in some level of pain (and numbness) all the time even though I am on 300mg of lyrica and almost 4000mg of panadol osteo each day. It is far worse at night and I rarely sleep for more than 2 hours at a time, some nights I only sleep 4 broken hours.

Has anyone had success seeing a chiropractor or am I just paying a charlatans mortgage?

Is this amount of protruding disc alot? I haven't been told if it is bad or mild?

It has been a terrible experience for me and has shaken up our whole lives (my husband and I) I was studying remedial massage full-time and now I can only do the theory side of my course and if I can't get this sorted by the end of January 2017 I can't go back to finish. I haven't been able to massage since it happened and I can see myself falling behind.

Is it unrealistic to think I will be able to get back to my course and massaging by the end of January?

Thanks for reading guys.



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