anyone very familiar with treatments for Spondylosis and loss of the natural curve of the neck? I have a bulge at C5-6 too, but I think my epideral worked, the pinched nerve stuff is gone. BUT, my muscles are in spasm all the time and I am scared on what to do.
Also, I am concerned with work and returning. How will I know if I am ready? Will my LTD give me a trial period to make sure I am ready? I don't want to go back then find out I am not ready, and have to re-apply for my disability benefits and then get say turned down for pre-exisiting or something stupid. I don't want to just go back part time b/c we can't afford that at this point (well, we could I guess, but we'd rather not take the cut unless I am in school or medically I just can't work a full eight hour shift). So, not only am I concerned now about my back and work, but my neck and work too. This is such a mess.
I am going to discuss my neck treatment with my dr on my fusion follow up Thurs, what are good meds for Spondy? ANd again, what treatments other than meds are there? PT didn't work the first time.
I think I will ask for arthritis meds and maybe some deep tissue massage. BUt, with this being structural, will anything work? I am scared this will keep me from keeping a full time job. Heck, I wouldn't even know what jobs I could or couldn't do. Looking down and sitting up are hard, puts the most stress on my neck and shoulders. Driving isn't great either.
I would love any suggestions. Oh, I didn't mention surgery as an option for my neck for a few reasons. ONE-that scares me way more than my lumbar fusion. TWO-I don't even think it is an option b/c it won't fix anything. BUt, I would like to hear surgical options anyway if you know of any, just to have a few ideas.
OH, cut the sweets out! I gained five pounds and a pooch (not a dog) and man, gotta be the sweets. The "pooch" could just be constipation and being swollen still from the anterior part of surgery, I don't know. BUT, I can say this, the bowl of ice cream I had tonight went down the drain and the chocolate whip cream went in the trash. Gonna go back to natural sweets like fruit, yogurt and granola bars. Well, not natural, but better than the ice cream, chocolate and bags of candy I have enjoyed the past week. Oh, did I mention all the mini-muffins I have indulged in? Oh, and the four doughnuts I had before my chinese buffet on Sunday?????? BAD MEL.
Thats an area I know nothing about Mel, But I do Hope and Pray for the best for you. I think your Doc should have some suggestions for you.
If the injections worked, maybe physical therapy will this time.
I will keep you in my prayers, there HAS to be somebody on here that knows something.
thanks stardust. I think this is more frustrating than my low back-I guess b/c there are no def ways to treat it-no "automatic" fix it ya know? well, not so much b/c we all know there is no FIX IT ALL for this kind of stuff. So, out of context maybe a bit....
Well, we'll see won't we? STUPID STUPID NECK! I want a massage.....a long long massage....
aw heck YEAH! Man, If only I could sit up and get a good one from hubby. Sheesh. I was doing some reading on fusions and found that those with anterior AND the posterior approach fuse best out of ALIF or PLIF both-95% better infact. ANd, it is true, motrin should not be taken-I didn't know it was a NSAIDS or whatever. shhhh, still haven't found chocolate to be bad....
I also found that in most cases surgery is not needed for spondy UNLESS pain does not improve. So, you know I will do ALL I CAN not to have surgery in my neck. I also found out that the C6 disc is the most affected. I ready btw this stuff on more than one site. Of course, it all comes down to treatment. I wasn't sad when I read ultrasound is good. Hmmm, hey doc-ultrasound and a deep tissue neck massage. That should do the trick! Well, I'd like it to anyway. Those therapists at my work do great muscle relaxing neck massages. Man, now I REALLY want one! I need to open a massage place special for back surgery patients with certified people to give us the relief we NEED! oh well.......
Mel, my PT said ice pack for spasms. Said it shoudl stop them. I've been having them too & found that a xanax works better than the muscle relaxers they gave me. My neck is involved from the disc by my shoulder blade. My neck and back are sore & they all go into spasms.
I see a pain management doc on Friday & they also are spine specialists. The pt was helping & then BAM, it's like I'm back at square one, since I've had to drive myself to PT. The driving seems to have irritated it horribly!!!
Hey Mel I am still waiting for a magic answer on the neck stuff too...It really stinks having back and neck.Don't you feel like it is some kind of joke and you missed the punch line. Everytime I mention it to my doc it wants to fix the back stuff first...doesn't he realize my neck and arm are killing me as well I know how you feel . I want to continue with more school too and I am stuck because I do not know what to do with this mess I am in either. Oh I can not believe you were heels You are doing so good. I am still on pain meds and other stuff..of course had the double lami last week to boot with last summers fusion..Did I mention that MY NECK IS HURTING??? I was not sure if my doc heard me yet. Good luck and let me know if you have a magic fix
my neck is hurting too, infact, much of me hurts tonight. I was writing thank you notes for xmas gifts and only did three small ones, and man, I was hurting so badly. I took a flexeril and was fighting off sleep for the past five hours! It does suck. B/c once you fix one thing, you have to turn around and fix the other. The worst part is, there is no "simple" surgery to fix what I have-not that I would want it-def last last last resort. I have no idea what will happen, I just gotta be able to manage. So, if I figure any magical treatment, I will let you know immediately!
I too have neck problem, I go for my cervical mri on Thursday next week, they want to be sure its even stable enough to lay me on this table for that amount of time to do my fusion. I have disc displacement in c-6... I too am worried about what they will find, he said they may have to go in and fix my neck first before my spondoly, so its stable. I know how dangerous this is, but it causes me pain, hard to look up or down for periods of time, and have numbness and tingling in my arms and fingers. To be honest, the only relief I get for this spondo is myofascial therapy...I have a great chiro who is also a sports trainer...but it hurts like hell when hes doing it, but feels somewhat better after. I think you should just stick with the plan your on, or if you are getting no relief, tell your dr and try something different, he works for you. Ya know? I didn't know I could get epidural shots in my neck. Ihave gotten them in my lumbar,(they did absolutely noting had to get them 3 weeks apart, and still nothing), but wonder if they would work for my thoracic or neck? hmmm?
Wow you, Mel, and I are all in the same spot.... That is crazy
Well atleast I know now that when I talk to my doc,I will think of ya'll and know ya'll are also having the same battle. Mine is the C6 level as well but it is a herniation. Did yours happen from a accident or did you draw the short straw like me?
I think I drew the short straw! Heck, I had NO indication I had neck problems until that day in July. I went to work with that mild irritation in my left shoulder and by two hours later I was crying and cradling my arm like I had broken it! No warning signs, nothing.
I don't know if I still have a bulge at C5-6 or not, I wonder if I should request a follow up MRI just to see if things are improving. I don't know if you can request that though.
You can def have epiderals in your neck. I tell ya, I have had two now in my lumbar spine and they did NOT help, but the two I had in my neck were wonderful. It took a MONTH but it worked. The pinched nerve went away (so did left arm pain etc...) I think it is worth a try to atleast give yourself some relief. I had a transforaminal injection-instead of one in the back of the neck, they went in on each side and did two injections into the nerve root opening. My dr said it was more beneficial with better results than just the one injection. I think the failure this time in my lumbar spine was b/c the discs were degenerating and you can't really fix that.
You both keep me updated on your neck process and I will let you know how I am doing, maybe we can share notes!