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Old 01-23-2005, 12:56 AM   #1
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I have had 2 herniated discs since 2002 (C5 C6). I have had an EMT which showed nerve changes along with the physical signs but my MRI showed I have a large spinal canal so they feel there is no need for surgery. Now, I am not saying I want surgery but the pain between the discs and TMJ together that I have developed from an accident is UNBEARABLE.

I have tried every medication. Most of which we all know has been taken off the market. If I take the meds for migraines and neck pain, I can not function period. PT has been a joke. I finally quit. All it did was make me feel wrose than when I began it. Accupuncture and epidurals seem to help for a couple of days at a time but I was wondering if anyone had success with PT or has any recommendations of something else I can try?

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Old 01-23-2005, 01:05 AM   #2
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Re: Curious

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Old 01-23-2005, 01:20 AM   #3
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Re: Curious

I have a bulge, spondy and loss of the curve in my neck at the same level and I was told there is nothing that can be done surgically. I can't do much where my neck is concerned like sit on the couch and read, write at the table....I have so much pain! I did have a pinched nerve but the TRANSFORAMINAL ESI I got fixed that problem, but the muscle structural pain is still there. I haven't even begun treatment yet as I just had a lumbar fusion. I know when we do, I will go back to PT (which did not help the first time for me either), with deep tissue massage, heat (ultrasound), maybe a tens unit, muscle relaxers, and arthritis meds. Part of me is sad or dissapointed that surgery won't help, bc it seems so easy-but even if it were it would be hard to decided. I wish I knew how all of this would work out, but I just have no idea. This is more frustrating than my lumbar problems. I suggest if you still have arm pain, to try the transforaminal injections-two in the nerve root opening instead of one at the general disc site. Hard to explain, but if you do a search it can explain it better.
I have found NOTHING helps so far, so if you find something that works, let me know. If I find out first, I sure will share!

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