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Old 01-01-2006, 09:13 PM   #1
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cervical DDD, arthritis, bone spur help herniated disc!

I was diagnosed with Cervical degenerative disc disease in C-2,3,4,5,6 and 7, arthritis with a bone spur and a herniated disc two years ago and my doctor refered me to a pain management physician for a series of "steroid injections" which I had the first of. After that first shot though the inside of my arm has been numb and I haven't felt any relief in my neck. With the neck exersises that I learned in therapy, I have felt pretty ok and have been able to control the pain with migraine meds. but two weeks ago I must have turned my head wrong or something and now I'm in terrible pain again.
I'm really cautious and nervous about getting those shots again but I know that's what my MD will be subscribing. I do realize that it's much less invasive than surgery and I would prefer injections over anything major but I would like to know if anyone has had these injections that could maybe reasure me or give me your opinion on the matter.
To be quite honest I believe that the doc. who gave me the injection was probably a quack to begin with, he hardly said a word to me in his office and like a dumby I went ahead with the prosedure. Even after he was done he never talked to my husband who was sitting in the waiting room. I wasn't able to walk on my own either, my legs were numb and my husband had to carry me in the house but I was not even adviced that that might happen. And wouldn't you know it, he's not even here in my town anymore. He left a few months after I had the procedure. Well not that I would go back to him anyway!
Could someone give me some input and maybe let me know how this procedure is supposed to go???
Thank you for any help that I can get!!!

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Old 01-02-2006, 01:06 PM   #2
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Re: cervical DDD, arthritis, bone spur help herniated disc!

Degeneration at all levels? Herniation at? Bone spurs where? Sounds like you don't have soecific enouh diagnosis for treatment. Where did they place the shot?

Old 01-02-2006, 01:29 PM   #3
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Re: cervical DDD, arthritis, bone spur help herniated disc!

Hi, and welcome to the boards. The best advise I can give you is to be sure that the pain management specialist you choose is exactly that! A specialist, someone who is making the treatment of pain his life's work. Secondly, ask beforehand if he uses fluoroscopy to do the injections and how many of them he will do in a year. Some pm's will just keep doing them over and over in spite of the fact that there can be serious consequences to too many steroids. There are 2 schools of thought. One is that you should have no more than 3 a year. The other says 3 in 6 months. Again, be sure he uses fluoroscopy to guide the needle so that the meds go into the right area.

I wish youmuch good luck.

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Old 01-02-2006, 01:31 PM   #4
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Re: cervical DDD, arthritis, bone spur help herniated disc!

Yes I know, sounds like I've cratered doesn't it!!! But yes I'm 49 now and have always had neck problems due to an astronomical amount of stress in my life. All of this is caused by years and years of popping my neck, trying to relieve migraines and just to relax and relieve the tension in my neck a bit. So looks like I really did do myself in.
I saw the Xrays and yes, DDD has totally taken over. I can actually feel ALL of the vertebre in the back of my neck with only two fingers! The bone spur is at the C-5. And what took me to the doctor in the first place was because I had just popped my neck two years ago on the weekend and I heard and felt the one disc go out!!! There's was so much info. that I had to take in and I was in such a daze while I was hearing the results of the xrays that I'm not really sure at what "C" level the herniated disc is located at. I was told many years ago that I would probably suffer with arthritis in my neck so I'm not too surprised at that either. Thank goodness I have a very high tolerance to pain but there comes a point when enough is enough!
Actually I thought the doctor had put the needle too low, it's not in my neck at all, it's in the next level of my vertebre all together, directly between my shoulders.
Thank you so much for responding, I really want to be prepared when I go to my MD tomorrow and I really don't have much of a clue as to what even to ask before I agree on these injections again.
Thanks again notpain!!!
It even helps just to have somebody listen!!!

Old 01-02-2006, 01:45 PM   #5
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Re: cervical DDD, arthritis, bone spur help herniated disc!

Thanks Carol, I've got fluoroscopy at the top of my list!

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