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Old 03-18-2010, 11:54 AM   #1
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Buldging disc causing headaches

I have a buldging disc at C5-C6. It was found by an MRI. Can this cause daily headaches? Is physical therapy a treatment or a chiropractor best?

 
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Re: Buldging disc causing headaches

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I have a buldging disc at C5-C6. It was found by an MRI. Can this cause daily headaches? Is physical therapy a treatment or a chiropractor best?
Hello. yes. bulging disks can cause headaches. physical therapy didn't help me at all. you can try though.

WARNING: do not go to any chiropractor cause he will make your situation worst. in another words, stay away from them.

I would recommend to go to a pain clinic.

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Re: Buldging disc causing headaches

No change- its interesting to me that you post on just about everyone's question NOT to go to chiropractors and to see a pain specialist instead. Not all of us believe in the power of drugs, and not all chiropractors are the same. In many cases, chiropractors actually help patients.

I was wondering if you cared to share your reasoning behind why you automatically respond like this. My brother was in a full body cast for months after breaking his back. Surgery, and years of PT finally had him walking again, and 5 years later, its his chiropractor which keeps him strong and he swears by him. Friends of mine, who are also against using narcotics and do not wish to be at the mercy of pain drugs, swear by their chiros- and I myself have 3 herniated discs and have seen a chiro who doesnt do any manipulation (look into NUCCA chiropractors) and I walked out of there feeling better then I had in months. Of course for long term relief, I am seeking the opinion of an Orthopedic Surgeon (today). But I keep reading over and over why you adamantly say to stay away from Chiro's and Im wondering what your experience was....
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Old 03-28-2010, 12:44 AM   #4
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Re: Buldging disc causing headaches

Today, you can read in ANY medical book, not to go to any chiropractor when it's involving neck pain. I don't know about back issues as I don't have back pain.

There is nothing wrong taking narcotic pain meds for pain! In fact, it allows lot's of people in our forum to keep their jobs, otherwise they will be on disability, did you know?
I would be extremelly depressed and angry if I won't take it cause of the pain. I had enough. My doctor said there is nothing to do to fix bulging disks in the neck, you can't bring them back to where they used to. I'm living with the hope that perhaps one day.

You have 3 hearniated disks in your neck which is extremelly delicate to even intervene with it. I have 2 bulging disks in my neck and therefore not for suregery.

How were you injured like that? Did you fall on your neck. Neck pain is the worst by the way, it destroys your quality of life big time.

I would still post your MRI here and see what other people in this board thinking about that.

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P.S where are you from if you don't mind me asking, england, canada? doesn't sound like the u.s to me.

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Re: Buldging disc causing headaches

No change, I live in NJ, just outside NYC and 45 mins from Philadelphia. I have seen Orthopedic Surgeons in some of the best hospitals in both cities. I also have Multiple Sclerosis; therefore already having neurological issues including lesions on my spinal cord and brain stem, I certainly have my own set of issues. My spinal issues (herniated discs) came from an auto accident...

Even with all my issues, I am not disabled. In fact, I drive 200-300 miles a day as a Regional Marketing Rep for my company. I also am in Graduate School, getting my Doctorate. I manage to work 50+ hours a week, go to school fulltime, am married and have 3 kids. Im kind of "superwoman" in the respect that I do not allow my disease, or my pain to stop me from anything.

I agree that narcotics might allow some people to live normal lives and prevent them from being "disabled" as disability is known to most; however in my particular line of work, being on Narcotics beyond PRN, would be disabling to me. Being in pain is also sometimes a hindrance, however I tend to find ways to allieviate it as best as I can. I do alot of PT type exercises to stretch the neck; I also have gotten injections in my muscles , called Trigger point injections to allieviate the pain next to my spinal column, this helps, but only short term. I am looking into a edidural type injection next, done under floruoscopy, by a pain specialist, to block the pain. But, I also have discovered NUCCA chiropractic, which is something you should definately read up on, even if you dont persue it, just to learn about it.

Thanks for answering my question, as far as posting my MRI results, I have done so many times, but am having another MRI on Monday- Ill post those results when I get them.

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Old 03-28-2010, 08:38 PM   #6
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Re: Buldging disc causing headaches

I have to agree with Nochange. Chiro's sometimes get bad raps. And I agree that they do have thier uses. However, if you are having cervical issues, I would not see one unless directed to by a Ortho Surgeon or Neuro Surgeon. One wrong adjustment can lead to serious issues. Not all people have the same tolerance to pain. If you can function without pain meds, more power to you. Some Chiro's think they can "fix" a ruptured disk. This is not the case. Most cervical headaches are caused by pressure on the Occipital nerve, this can be helped with a trigger point injection. Again, before any type of treatment for Cervical issues, I would recommend consulting a Neurologist or Ortho Surgeon. Just my opinion. Good luck.
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My spinal issues (herniated discs) came from an auto accident...

being on Narcotics beyond PRN, would be disabling to me. Being in pain is also sometimes a hindrance,
Thanks for answering my question, as far as posting my MRI results, I have done so many times, but am having another MRI on Monday- Ill post those results when I get them.

Nikki
First of all I'm really sory you've been in a car accident. I've also been in a car accident and had a severe whiplash.

Percocet and Oxycontin don't make me tired at all. You can still keep your job when you take them plus you can drive. It doesn't make you sleepy.

You sound pretty stubborn and there is nobody here who can change your mind.

You should read here about people who had experience with chiropractors.

Now it's well known that is better not to go to them when you have neck issues/pain. In the past doctors/professors thought they are ok for neck issues, but not anymore.

Good luck to you.

 
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Re: Buldging disc causing headaches

Percocet and Oxycontin don't make me tired at all. You can still keep your job when you take them plus you can drive. It doesn't make you sleepy.
You sound pretty stubborn and there is nobody here who can change your mind.
You should read here about people who had experience with chiropractors.
Now it's well known that is better not to go to them when you have neck issues/pain. In the past doctors/professors thought they are ok for neck issues, but not anymore.


Seems that I came to the wrong place for advice! Percocette and Oxycotin are both very negative to me, Please remember I didnt bash the fact that some people can take these drugs, I simply cant. I have multiple sclerosis! I cannot take narcotics such as these! I dont expect you to know or understand my disease, but Im looking for alternative medicine treatments which do not include narcotics. Im not stubborn- in fact, Im desperate- but Im not looking at the answer to be in the form of narcotics. Im already taking 600 mgs of Motrin around the clock, and also taking Flexeril - PRN, at night in order to sleep- the Flexeril HAS to go, as its making me all sorts of hung over in the AM. I have read about experiences with chiros here on healthboards and for every Negative story, Ive also read positive ones. I truly believe just because something is bad for one person, it may be positive for another. Ive seen an Ortho Surgeon, had another MRI on Monday and return to him for report on Thursday. Ill post my latest answers on Thursday when I get them. Thank you for your candid answers, however Im starting to feel completely bashed for asking about an answer, which doesnt include drugs!

I stand firm in my answer that what works for some, doesnt work for others- and although I can understand how YOU might think Chiro care doesnt work, that wasnt my original statement, my statement originally was that Ive seen ChiroCare help my own brother, who was in a fullbody cast, in incredible pain- mainly in his neck- tolerate the pain better and actually recover-Ive read about and actually checked out something called NUCCA- which has absolutely nothing to do with chiro as MOST people know it- and Ive also had some relief myself from it. What I cant tolerate is being on drugs due to my other illness and quite honestly, my job. Im an educated person, who travels for work daily and also goes to Grad School- those drugs DO affect me negatively; therefore I came here to explore other options. Again, thanks for your candid responses, but unfortunately they arent going to apply to me- and its not stubborness. Its a fact of having MS.
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