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    Old 11-16-2006, 02:27 PM   #1
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    Had the discogram on Wed. Need advice

    I had a discogram and CT scan afterwards...yesterday. It wasnt as bad as I though it would be. They injected C3-T1. It seems the worse pain came from C5-6 and C6-7. For some reason the pain I feel on my left side of my neck and traps could not be reproduced. Here's the thing: The week prior I had facet injections at C5-C7. They put some steroids in there and numbing med. It was meant to be diagnostic. They didnt work unfortunately. I have had many of these but never on C6-7. My physiatrist wanted to try 1 last thing to see if it was more joint pain or more disk pain on my left side. I am full of facet AND disk issues. Well since the joints didnt feel better last week, and they did the discogram and nothing hurt on that left side either...I have a dilemma. #1....if I had steroids in my system from the week before, how the heck could they do an accurate discogram?? I am so mad at myself for forgetting to ask the Dr. this question before I got the discogram! I mean the Dr. HAD to have known I had steroids in my system....HE was the guy who put them there! Also , they tell you to make sure you take no anti-inflammatories for several days before the discogram. I didnt know I was having the discogram till the day before I got it. So I also took some Celebrex at about 1pm the day before. Well the nurse who called to schedule the discogram told me I cant have the procedure because of this. Then she told me to hold on and asked the Dr. and he said it was OK. Can you see my CONFUSION???????? Am I nuts to think about such things.....afterall it is THEIR job to figure this stuff out, not mine. Also, this discogram guy (who also did the facet injections the week prior) comes highly recommended. So now I see my physiatrist on Mon. the 21st( who is managing my case) and he will give me his opinion on the discogram and CT scan and then probably send me to a spinal surgeon. I dont know how to interpret the discogram notes, but it did show MODERATE degeneration at C5-6 and C6-7. I would lOVE to know what is causing me so much pain on that left side that couldnt be recreated? It is possible it could bre muscle spasms. I am FULL of them non stop for 5 yrs. #2 question: If I end up fixing the C5-6. C-6-7 is it possible that I may get the muscle spasms to finally stop? I know its entirely possible that the side of my neck and trapezius are trying to protect the neck. My biggest fear is making a bad problem even worse!
    Thanks for your patience in reading this!
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    Old 11-17-2006, 03:55 AM   #2
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    skziemann----my cervical problems are in the same area as yours' C5 thru the C7 are the worst. my trap muscles were hard as rocks. and funny you mentioned the left side of your neck. my right side (soft tissue from about the ear down to my shoulder_ doesn't bother me at all but i can't even move to the left. It is muscle spasms in my case and boy they they hurt. i was seeing a rheumatologist for arthritic hands for months before the injury and happened to tell him at my last visit. while he was talking to me he loaded two shots and gave them in the trap muscles. i had immediate relief and still have it since early august. I work with two different PT's and one likes to dig in my skull and neck i have told her she can't anymore. it aggravated everything for about a week. get a headache that lasts 5 days straight. the other PT does light massage and i only get a couple of days relief but it's better than making it worse. spince specialist told me the other day that he has outruled surgery right now and feels that PT can give me back some good quality of life but may take a long time. i'm not going anywhere.

     
    Old 11-17-2006, 08:06 AM   #3
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    ICC: With all of your neck issues, you never have had any surgery?
    I WISH the trigger point injections worked for me. My Dr. does them only with lidocaine. Is that what is in your trigger point injections or is there some steroid in it, too?

     
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    hi ---- no i have had no surgeries. had injections in my back, ankle and shoulder. the trigger point injections in my trapezious muscles were done with steroid. believe me i still am pain free in that area since the injections that were done in august. for some reason the only injection of any type i have gotten that helped at all were given by my rheumatologist.

     
    Old 11-17-2006, 08:42 AM   #5
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    Do the steroids give you insomnia?

     
    Old 11-17-2006, 05:26 PM   #6
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    absolutely!! i hate when i get an injection for that reason. they make my BP go up, i am a diabetic so my glucose goes crazy for a couple of days, can't sleep and want to eat everything not nailed down for a couple of days. the last couple really helped so it was kind of worth it. all dr.s and myslef have agreed due to my negative responses to my personal health i will have no more done for awhile.

     
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