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    Old 03-08-2014, 09:16 AM   #1
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    Cervical Spine Herniation and Bone Spurs

    I was just diagnosed with Cervical Spine disc herniation c-3 through c-7, C6 and C7 are the worst. I also was told I have bone growth were there shouldn't be bone in my cervical spine, and longer than normal bone spurs. PT seems to be helping and of course the Gabapeton, and Pain meds as needed. My Dr. Is going to hold off with surgery until I start having more symptoms. I have numbness in my index finger of my left hand and also my middle finger and ring finger the tips of them are numb. My forearm also has mild numbness. I have been off of work for 4 weeks, they are going to let me try going back for 4 hr days as tolerated, for 3 weeks and then reevaluate. 4 weeks ago when this pain started I had never been in that much pain in my life. I have had 2 kids and that was easier than this pain. It had me flat out until I went to the Dr. Any suggestions or words of wisdom anyone can share tha
    t has been through this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!

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    Old 03-08-2014, 03:20 PM   #2
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    Hi did they say how bad, like percentage, the herniation is? The reason I'm adking if its too bad and its it could be damaging your nerves you should have it repaired right away. On the other hand if its minor sometimes pt and eoidural injections can help it, traction, can help.

    You may want to get another opinion. Thats usually recommended. You want to find a neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon specializing in neck/back issues. I'd go to a large teaching hosoital or go around asking friends for recommendations. Be sure to get copies of tests you had done and take with you on cd too.

    Good luck cathy

     
    Old 03-08-2014, 07:57 PM   #3
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    Thank you for your advice,I am going to a orthopedic spine specialist, and thankfully it's a Level 1 trauma hospital it is also a teaching hospital thankfully that I'm going to. All I saw in my MRI report was that is Moderate herniation. I go back in 2 weeks for a check up with him. So I will ask the percentage. He did tell me about the epidural, I opted out for now being the PT is helping. He said we could talk about it more at my next appt. and to notify him if I had more changes before I go back. Thank you again Cathy!! I will know now a few more questions to ask when I go back ..

     
    Old 03-08-2014, 09:04 PM   #4
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    Hi I think I would get the epidural. It helps with the inflammation just make sure he uses a flourescope its kinda like a xray that's so he can see where the needls, dye, then medicine is going. If you araid they can give you an oral anti-anxiety med like xanax or ativsn to take when you get there.. my hubby has to do that.

    Then that will work with the pt. Try to get it on a fri if you can so you can rest for a couple days. If you can't get on friday then please don't do pt for a few days after. You really need to let that steroid get in there and do its job. Put ice on it for a couple days.

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    Old 03-09-2014, 12:36 PM   #5
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    hi auntmiss -- sorry to hear about all the pain you are having with your spine. noevr is right -- if you can get an injection try for thurs or fri -- another reason being the steroid will 'facial flush' you. not a painful side effect, but if you are going to go to work, you might want most of that over. if you are having good fortunate with PT tho -- maybe hold off for the injection even longer. i forget how many insurance will pay for in a year or how spaced out they need to be. noevr is also right about having a doc do an injection that is trained on a fluoroscope..so he/she can zero in on the right cell. i wish you well..........there are more treatments for us with spinal pain than ever before -- soon you might want to go online and read about the 'ablation' which can be done -- a nerve burning with fluoroscope if your situation also has nerves involved. be glad for modern research chemistry -- there are some good ones around which can possibly help you..........i hope.

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    Old 03-11-2014, 07:29 AM   #6
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    Thank you both for your advice, it really helps with going into unknown territory.. Thankfully I have good insurance and a job that has sick pay. I have been having some new symptoms starting this past weekend unfortunately. More numbness and some break through pain. and it's like my cervical spine area feels hot/ cold at times, my hips have started hurting also. I am so frustrated.. with this.. I'm thinking surgery is closer than I want it to be. and with the bone spurs they will have to go through my back versus the front near the collar bone. The front is a quicker and less painful recovery time. I go back to see my spine specialist next week.. Thanks again for the advice!

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    Old 03-15-2014, 05:37 AM   #7
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    Feeling frustrated this week, new symptoms, hips hurting, head has tremored here and there and my left hand is weaker. Bah. I just want to scream yell and kick. It feels like my body is betraying me.. I dislike all of this so much. I've not worked in 4 weeks. My Spine Dr. is allowing me to try going back for 4 hrs. per day. as tolerated. I hope I can do it I'm so ready to go back to work. I miss most everyone I work with. Part of me is thinking I really may not be able to do it, but I have got to try. It's only 4 hrs. heck I can tolerate anything for 4 hrs. well almost anything. I go back to my Spine surgeon Wednesday.. Just venting my feelings today hoping that helps my down mood. and feeling sorry for myself. ..

     
    Old 03-15-2014, 06:18 AM   #8
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    Re: Cervical Spine Herniation and Bone Spurs

    Hi I was thinking, to get immediate relief you could take oral steroids. They did that with my hubby before we could convince him to get an epidural. You could get your dr to call it in for you. Cathy

     
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    Old 03-16-2014, 06:31 AM   #9
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    Thanks Cathy, I will talk to my spine surgeon about it Wednesday. This past week was just a down week. I just don't like not having control.. I'm the one that always helps others ,It's not easy letting others help me..

     
    Old 05-18-2014, 08:31 AM   #10
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    Well, I had a Steroid injection a week before Easter, It took about 8 days for me to notice a difference. Then it only lasted 15 days. I'm going to get another one May 28, I really hope it helps. I'm so tired of the burning and aching the numbness in my left hand. . I know I could have it so much worse. But this is my worst. I have started back to work full time this past week. I thought it would be better than it is but dang not so good. But I have to continue to keep working, I have used almost all of my FMLA for the year. My spine surgeon is leaving it up to me as when I want surgery. I'm really hoping to put it off until January 2015. Not trying to be oh poor me. Just sick and tired of being sick and tired. ha ha ha

     
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    hi auntmiss -- you have every right to feel the way you do....you 'are' being picked on by your body...and it is 'not' fair......... it is so awfully unfair to be sick sick sick all the time and to feel pain all the time. by any chance do you also see a pain specialist besides your spine surgeon? it was recommended to me that i do so -- and for my situation (cervical degenerative discs with painful osteoarthritis) and i'm grateful now to have two doc clinics with which to work. surgeons are going to do surgery; pain specialists are going to deal with your pain -- and hopefully find ways to help with that awful beast. for a lot of people the second shot is a better answer for longer help - so i hope hope hope this is true for you.

     
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    Re: Cervical Spine Herniation and Bone Spurs

    Hi Auntmiss,

    You mentioned weakness in your hand in one of your posts... Is that clinical weakness (measured by a medical person)? Are you going to PT? I sure would if it's covered by insurance. They can monitor your hand weakness as any increase there would up the urgency for surgical intervention. You don't want permanent hand weakness.

    Oral steroids are a great idea if the epidurals scare you (like they do me). I had a 10 day course about 5 weeks ago that helped a lot as did many of the PT modalities and stretching/strengthening/postural exercises.

    Often the steroid shots are given in blocks on three and anecdotally (no Dr here ), the 3rd one seems to work the best...

    Good Luck

     
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    Re: Cervical Spine Herniation and Bone Spurs

    I was also told I have a herniated disc in c6 c7 with arthritis around the disc. have had pain like you described for the last 2 months nothing compared to giving birth 4 times. I am at my wits end as to what treatment to consider. am considering surgery which does not thrill me but how long can you manage like this. tried injections with a drop of relief but I feel like I am back to square 1.

     
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    Old 06-30-2014, 01:53 PM   #14
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    I have tried Pt. and yes it was measured weakness in my left hand. I have tried 2 rounds of oral steroids and 2 Epidural Steroid injections now. After the second steroid injections I was in horrible pain, the steroids just did not help me. So no more oral or injections for me. Yes pain in arm in neck . This has been a long road. I see my Orthopedic spine surgeon every 4 -6 weeks . I just saw him last Friday I started on a strong NSAID and we talked a lot about 2 different surgeries either a 2 level anterior discectomy w/ fusion.or posterior Laminoplasty. See him in 4 more weeks not sure which surgery I will decide on. I'm sure he and I will talk more and come to a decision together. The one thing that scares me about the disectomy with fusion it is possible to have to have another in 10 years, because of break down of the discs above or below. I'm going on 44. gosh how many more surgeries would i have to have. I have been doing light research on both surgeries. Yes the thought of surgery scares the heck out of me. But yet I'm so tired of having the chronic pain. Good luck to you Pain in arm and neck.

     
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