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    Old 10-08-2007, 06:45 PM   #1
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    I have had chronic neck pain for almost a year. I am 44. The pain is terrible epecially most of the night. I have a bulging disc in c3 and c4. Also, straightening of the curvature spine and arthirits starting to set it. My next step is the epideral blocks. I am so afraid to do this, but not sure where else to turn. The pain travels up my neck to the back of my head, even when yawning, coughing and sneezeing. Its very hard to drive due to having to turn your head to change lanes, backing up etc. I have been told to get the cortizon shots, and another doctor wants to inject a shot with B12, and 2 other things. Which is the best shot to get?

     
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    Old 10-08-2007, 10:21 PM   #2
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    Hi and welcome. First if you haven't had an MRI have them order one for sure. Get an evaluationj by a Neruosurgeon or Orthopedic surgeon (spine). I don't know anything about the B12 shot, that's the first I have heard about it. What kind of dr. recommended these actions?

    There are lots of posts about epidural blocks on this board all you need to do is search. They can be helpful for some people.

     
    Old 10-08-2007, 11:58 PM   #3
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    What kind of doctor are you seeing...just your regular doctor? If you are you need to be seeing a specialist before I would allow any shots. And if he hasn't done any testing to determine what specifically is wrong then I would not have any. Need more information.

     
    Old 10-09-2007, 03:43 PM   #4
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    I have had cortisone shots for my neck pain, and also steroid shots. I tolerated the cortisone shots ok, but the steroid shots gave me a bad headache for a day, but then it went away. Also had a "flare up" of pain in the neck region for a few days, but that went away also. I never heard of a B12 shot for neck pain. I get B12 shots occasionally becuse I am low on that, and I think B12 is more for energy. I also get the pain in the neck that travels up the back of skull, and a buzzing sound in the head which is always present. Don't be afraid to get the shots; they are not too bad. They just might help and make you feel better. They are worth it to make the pain go away for awhile. Good advice to go to a specialist and have tests done, also, as Ann and Neckpatient said.

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    Old 10-09-2007, 06:07 PM   #5
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    I went to a spine specialist. He suggests trying the epideral /cortizon shots first. Surgery would be the last resort, and to try and deal with the pain. Easy for him to say. I also went to a chiropractor, shes the one that said stay away from the cortizon only shots, because over time it turns like cotton inside. She suggested the mixture of xylancain (spelling?), B12 and something else. So I need to go to both anestiolgist/MD's for a consultation, then go from there. Are there any side effects to these shots? Does anyone have this kind of pain, radiating up the back of the head too. Nights are the worst.

     
    Old 10-09-2007, 06:11 PM   #6
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    Thanks for the reply. So you have this pain radiating up the back of your head? Also when yawning, coughing and sneezing? It scary. I wonder if a bulging disc will ever go away. The doc says if its over 6 months it probably won't. It is now chronic neck pain. Why did you get steroids one time and then cortizon another time? Was this for bulging discs also?

     
    Old 10-09-2007, 06:15 PM   #7
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    I have had cortisone shots for my neck pain, and also steroid shots. I tolerated the cortisone shots ok, but the steroid shots gave me a bad headache for a day, but then it went away. Also had a "flare up" of pain in the neck region for a few days, but that went away also. I never heard of a B12 shot for neck pain. I get B12 shots occasionally becuse I am low on that, and I think B12 is more for energy. I also get the pain in the neck that travels up the back of skull, and a buzzing sound in the head which is always present. Don't be afraid to get the shots; they are not too bad. They just might help and make you feel better. They are worth it to make the pain go away for awhile. Good advice to go to a specialist and have tests done, also, as Ann and Neckpatient said.

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    Old 10-18-2007, 01:37 PM   #8
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    Hi, I had cortisone shots for my neck pain, and then just recently had a steroid shot for lower back pain (herniated disc.) I asked my neurologist last time I went to have a shot for me neck just what was in the shot, and he he did tell me there is a little bit of steroid in the shot. So, honestly, I am not even sure at this point what the heck is in the ones I had. I guess it is possible that they are a mixture of things like your chiopractor said. I really didn't care what was in them; I just wanted the pain to stop!! I don't have an increase in pain when I am yawning or sneezing...it just seems like it is always there. Some people have a few side effects like a headache, or a "flare up" of pain, but it isn't too bad, and goes away pretty quickly. I had a headache in the evening after my last shot. I just used some ice on the back of the neck, and took it easy for a day or two.

    I have read some reports that do say that a bulging or herniated disc can go away, but I don't know that for a fact. So, not sure if that is really possible. But, the shots are worth a try before thinking about any surgery. Just be sure to have a well trained doctor, one that specializes in giving these shots. Mine is a neurologist. Let me know how things go for you. Take care and good luck.

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    Old 10-22-2007, 06:02 PM   #9
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    Thank you for your ideas. I need all that I get right now. I have gone to one anestioligst (spelling ?), and another one I can not get in until end of Dec. I need to ask questions and get answers before being injected with "junk". I am afraid of the spinal headaches if they hit/ or miss the nerve. And any other side effects. No I will not do surgery until I can not bear it any longer. So in the mean time, I will just get info and wait it out. Its been a year, so whats an extra 8 weeks.
    Thank you again

     
    Old 10-23-2007, 02:23 PM   #10
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    Hi Debzena, I go to a neurologist for my epidural shots. Did you mean anesthesiologist when you said you went to two, but can't get in until end of December? I am not familiar as to what an anesthesioligist does as far as epidural shots. I probably didn't spell that right either! That sure is a long time for you to have to wait to see a doctor. Have you explored any other options, like possibly trying an neurologist? Just to see if anyone can see you quicker. It is a good idea, of course, to ask all kinds of questions before you make any decisions concerning shots or anything else as far as what can be done to help you. In my case, I had already tried all the other options, all except accupuncture. So, I was ready to try the epidural shots because the pain of both my neck and my back was really getting to me. I was very nervous when I went for my very first shot, but I was lucky in that I have a good doctor, and I never had any mishaps, thank goodness. I know it can always happen, but I was willing to take my chances just to get some relief. It is a decision you have to make, so yes, do ask lots of questions and be comfortable and trust whoever you end up going to.

    Hope you come up with a solution for your problem; you have suffered a whole year already. Best of luck to you and keep us posted here.

    Judy

     
    Old 10-23-2007, 03:03 PM   #11
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    I had two doctors, one an MD, and another a chiropractor who referred me to an anestioligst/MD, neither one suggested a neurologist....um....thats interesting. An anestioligist (spelling?)is the one that injects epideral shots in you at the hospital when you are in labor. So I figured this was the way to go. The reason I can not get into the office unitl Dec. is because this doctor only does consultations 2 days a week, the rest of the days he is giving shots straight from 8-4. I am also going to another spine doctor (2nd opinion) before I do these shots. Working on that now-they want all my records before I make an appointment. So its the mail today.
    Can I ask how old you are, and how long have you been dealing with this? How often do you go for these shots? I suppose in the back on my mind, I hope to wake up one day and have this all go away. I too, don't want just a "bandaid" for the pain.....which it sounds like the shots will do.
    Thanks again.........Deb

     
    Old 10-23-2007, 07:24 PM   #12
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    Re: bulging disc

    Most epidural injections are done on a 1-3 shot cycle. I'm in the midst of a cycle right now. I get a shot every two weeks - 3 shots total. I can repeat these in 6 months (you can do two cycles per year). In addition to the epidural injections I am also getting some scapular (shoulder) injections for where the pain is very strong.

    From my perspective the shots are quite easy. I arrive at the surgery center after having fasted since midnight the night before. They take me back and for the first shot took some history information. Then they start and IV and I had a brief wait before I walked into the room where the injections are given. I laid down and as soon as I did they administered versed which is a sedative that not only calms you but you forget everything that happens during the procedure. Then they do the injection(s) and the next thing I know I'm sitting in the recovery area drinking apple juice. They observe me for about 30 minutes and then let me get dressed and go home. My husband drops me off the day of the shot and then as soon as it's done they call him to come pick me up. I go home and take a great nap (from the versed and demerol) and by afternoon/evening I'm fine. Maybe a little sore but functional, cooking dinner, etc.


    My doctor is a board certified Anesthesiology and practices Pain Management medicine.

    If the pain continues I would not reccomend a neurologist - but instead a neurosurgeon or an orthopedic spine surgeon.
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    Old 10-26-2007, 04:43 PM   #13
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    Hi Debzena, Kross explained everything very well as far as getting the epidural shots. The neurologist I have been going to does not give the meds to relax you, but I have had one lumbar shot done at another place that did give me the stuff that relaxes you. I find that I am able to tolerate the shots pretty well without the relaxation med. Hurts a little, but is over so quickly, I am ok with it. Now I understand what an Anestheologist does, thanks. I didn't know they also gave epidural shots for neck and back problems. I ended up going to the neurologist because back when all my problems started, my primary care doc told me to go to this guy. I am 64, and have had the neck trouble for about 2 years, and the back problem for about 6 months. My back always did hurt (lower middle of back), especially when I did something that required lots of bending, pulling, etc., but I woud rub some cream on the spot and pop an ibuprofin and it would feel better. But, it really started to bother me 6, 7 monthe ago. Was doing some heavy cleaning and developed a bad "stitch" in the side....ended up having therapy for a pulled muscle, but was not that....it is a hernaited disc. I follow the same cycle as kross for the shots....3 in a 6 month period. Having my 2nd one for the neck next week. Sometimes these shots really do help, but sure, they do not fix a problem if there is indeed one there. Hope you get some answers when you go in December. My best to you.

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