Well yesturday made 3 months since our car accident and I am so ready for all of this pain to just stop. I have 3 bulging discs in the neck, 2 herniated dics in t-spine, and 2 in L-spine. My life has been turned upside down. I feel like I am at wits end. Finally got to go see a neuro surgen last week. Going to try shots in the back. I started to do some reseach and now I am freaking out. I do need relief, 2 or 3 hours of sleep at night are making things even worse. However scared of needles not to meation some of the stories that I have read about things going wrong. When will this go away!
I am sorry you are going through all of this, but if I may ask, are you seeing or going to a Pain Management doctor? Hopefully, the injections give you some relief. May not hurt to ask for a referral to see a therapist to discuss the accident, etc. too.
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It is amazing how life can change in the blink of an eye. Unfortunately with the type of spine problems you are experiencing, you may always have some ongoing issues. It all depends on the severity of the disc herniations.
Have you consulted with a spine specialist? Sometimes people go from an emergency room back to their family doctor and are treated by him/her without consulting a spine surgeon. You can waste a lot of time if you don't first have an accurate diagnosis and plan of treatment.
Which area of your back is considered the worst? Do you know where you are having the injection?
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I am seeing a neurologist, doing massage therapy and also a ciropractor. They are all in the same office. This is who the lawyer told us to see. Right after the accident Hubby and I went to the ER twice and they just said it was a sprain. Things just kept getting worse and worse as the days passed. The pain can vary from what I am doing and what time of the day it is. Still have lots of pain in the neck, can't seem to move it much at all. Headache is still there, some times gets so bad that makes me sick to the stomach and then makes the back worse. Have pins and needles that go across the shoulder blades, finger tips and bottoms of feet. Shoulders hurt and ach all the time have trouble pushing or pulling doors open or close. Weird but have pains that feel like chest pains sometimes gets so bad almost hard to breath that just started a few days ago. Also have lower back pain can't sit, stand lay down very long with out have to move to get just a bit of relief. I have pains that go down both legs. Stomach pains that make me feel like I have to go the bathroom. Welll thats a no go.
I am sooooo over all of this. Mind you I only took 2 weeks off from work. I have a sit down job but that is really about to kill me know too. On top of this Hubby is hurt to so I try to help with him, I just feel I am going to go crazy with all of this.
I was told I have
3 bulging dics in neck not sure what #s
Hernieted dics at
Oh and neuro surgen said something about pinched nerve in elbows because both pinky and ring fingers both hands a numb
2 bulging dics, 2 herniated and 1 compressed dics in the L reigion.
Life has to get better.
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What should I be expecting when I have this cortizone/steriod shot. Will it be just one shot in my back. The Dr. said a series of three times. When I did see the neuro surgen I wanted to ask him so many questions but we waited over 2 hours in the examine room. By the time he came into the room I was crying and hurting so much I just wanted to go home. Forgot everything. Any help?
Are you seeing a neurologist or a neurosurgeon (or both)? Who is doing the injection? Do you know which area they are going to tackle first? It would be highly unusual for them to address all your problems at one time.
I'm not sure how you ended up with this neurosurgeon, but you may want to have a consultation with another spine specialist just to see if there is agreement on your problems.
Have you been told that the lumbar disc problems are "worse" than the ones in your neck? It would seem to me that instead of seeing a massage therapist and a chiropractor, you should have a spine specialist (either a neurosurgeon or orthopedic spine surgeon) directing you treatment and you should be going to a physical therapist twice per week. I would not risk going to a chiropractor if I were you unless you are positive there is no nerve involvement. Adjusting your back can just make things work. If you have an instability in your spine from the trauma of the accident, even massage therapy could potentially make it worse.
Do you have faith in this attorney who seems to be calling the shots?
I have to say that I am always cautious when it comes to the state you live in. I'm sure there are some top-notch spine surgeons there, but the state also has way more than their fair share of less than terrific ones. I hope you have carefully researched the neurosurgeon you are seeing checking to see his level of training, his years of experience and whether there are any lawsuits or claims filed against him.
If the spine is not treated correctly from the beginning, you can end up with chronic problems that can follow you through life. I'm not trying to alarm you. I just want to be sure you understand that you cannot treat this situation with your back in a casual manner.
Hello Teteri, thank you very much for your words of wisdom. This is a whole new ball game for me. The neuro surgeon seems to be wonderful, just did not get to talk to him much. He's the one who said shots. He's also the one who told me that my neck was really messed up to. I did do research on him and he has no bad reports and has alot of education. However I don't really like care for the neroligest, he seems to just dismiss alot of what I have to tell him. He told me after I had the MRI's done that he did not see much in my neck other than bulging dics and people can be born with those and he did not see where that could cause me pain. I was ****** because this pain in my neck and shoulders are coming from somewhere.
Just a little background on our car accident. Hubby and I was stopped a traffic light when a car hit us from behind sending our truck from what witnesses said about 8 to 10 feet in the air. Causeing us to hit the truck in front of us. Our truck was totaled. Would of never thought that a little sports car could do so much damage to our truck. What I think that made a big problem for me was that we had a bag of cat litter, 42 ponder that hit the back of my seat and busted open. I still hope that I wake up one of these morning with no pain and I don't have this nightmare no more.
I am scared of needles but I am willing to try it if it will help, I can't go on like this any more. Ciroprator said he will not do adjustments to my back. Said it was to bad. He has been doing adjustments to my neck, I swear I end up hurting more afterwards. I have always seen myself as a positive person, however I feel really really worn down.
FLDawn - I feel for you cause I am in the same position as you. Like you, my life has done a 360. I was also at a red light too when I was rear ended in my Compact car from a SUV doing 55 mph.
I have C4-5 and L4-5 herniated disc and today actually, I told my Physiatrist to go ahead with the ESI - My appointment is this Friday for my Lumbar. A lot of your doctors will brush off your condition, I felt the same way as you, they deal with people with much more deeper problems everyday and since doctors are a business too, they try not to get emotionally involved - so brushing your pain off to you may seem like he doesn't care but he does and will help you, for the most part. If you don't feel comfortable, fire him at any time and seek help elsewhere.
I asked my doctor out of his patients how many have had complications, he said the worse patient he had claimed to have a headache for several days. Just make sure your doctor is doing the ESI under an Xray. I am scared of needles too, but I will be going under Anesthesia and pray everything works out in my benefit! 2 days ago was my 3 month mark. Enough is enough - I just want this over and done with so I can live the life I was living before this.
It may help your doctor, and your case since your hired a lawyer, if you keep a daily Pain Journal so your doctor can see whats going on and properly diagnosis you as well as your lawyer in-case your case would to go to trial. I wish you and your Husband a quick recovery. Teteri and SweetPea are the best on this Fourm and will help you the most out here - they both share great wisdom.
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hi, I agree w/ everything that's been said, you can ask for something lke lorazapam or xanax, valium before the injections to take the edge off my hubby has to do that before his he is afraid of needles. PLEASE don't have any surgery without getting a 2nd opinion from a neuro spine surgeon. You always want to get a 2nd (maybe even a 3rd if you can) opinion when it comes to your spine. You want to do your research, talk to other folks who've had spine surgeries in your area and ask them about their dr. (don't do it on this board its against the rules). Definitely make sure the injection is done under a flourescope (SP?) that's the xray thing so the doc can see where that needle is going. Ice it when you get home you'll be a little sore. Come back here and let us know how it goes and keep in touch at all times, you've got a lot going on. If you haven't tried ice for you pain give that a try instead of heat. Go ahead and start doing your research for surgery in case you have to have it so you'll have that done and won't have to rush in to finding a doc. good luck, cj
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I would be much more scared of letting someone "adjust" my neck than my lumbar spine. There is very little chance for paralysis with the lumbar area because the spinal cord only runs down to about the L1 vertebra. Above this area, one wrong move and there is always a possibility of permanent nerve damage or even paralysis.
If the neurosurgeon tells you the cervical area is bad, take it to heart. Don't let the chiropractor touch you...particularly when you don't feel better afterward.
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All my injections have been done using a very light anesthesia, which makes me very relaxed and I don't feel nervous at all. The injections are very quick, it's the stress beforehand that is worse. I also had a neurologist tell me nothing was wrong with my neck and that I did not need any surgery. I have finally found a very good doctor who listens to me and does not try to brush off anything I say. It is advisable to get other opinion(s) to determine what your options are. Good luck, it is too bad you are in this situation.
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Well thank you very much everyone for your wonderful words of advice. It gives me a lot more things to think about. I am not one for surgery by no means, hate that idea. I want to make sure that I do everything else. Worry if that was the only thing that would help what means that I would not have even more problems later.
I do feel much more better about the shots after everyones post. If they give me something to handle the nerves and I don't see the needle, I should be just fine.
Work was a pain again today. I am getting more and more tired of see my chair at work. It did not seem to bother me as much as it does now. I take breaks and get up and stand every 10 or so mins however working a 8+ hour day really takes a toll on me. I have been putting a rolled towel behind my back to give me a bit more support. Just stinks that when one area really starts hurting its just a matter of time before the whole back lights up.
I scheduled an appointment for the ESI this Friday. I'm so wavy about this not sure what to expect, scared I guess would be the proper word. I guess unless I get some serious rare side effect it shouldn't really have any adverse effects right? I just hope it takes the pain away. I thought they said I would be "put-out" and now I'm reading this "twilight-relaxed" feeling. I better be under because relaxed or not if I see anything I will panic for sure.
I just hope I'm not being used as some science experiment. It has been 3 months, I still feel the pain in my lower back and it's not getting any better, the ESI is the right decision at this point, right? I don't know why I feel I need so much confirmation on this but I just want to see other peoples views. Felt like it was easier purchasing my car then it was agreeing to this shot lol. Hang in there FL, I'm trying too. My emotions are so hot and cold I don't even know what I'm saying anymore.
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I wish you lots of luck Pubbies. Where are they going to give you the shot at? I am still waiting on a call for them to tell me when. I am ready I think........ It should be just one spot???? Not sure where since the whole neck and back has problems.