C5/6 prolapse

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C5/6 prolapse

Hello,

I have a large c5/6 disc prolapse which is causing significant pain in my shoulder, elbow and wrist, plus tingles in my thumb and forefinger. It first started about 13 weeks ago. I had a c6 nerve root block injection a few weeks ago but had no improvement from it, and I'm now waiting for my next appointment to plan what next. I'm taking tramadol, cocodamol and amitriptlyne to manage the pain, but I've still been off work from my office job for the last 4 weeks because sitting and computer work makes the pain much worse.

I'm after some advice on what to do from people with similar conditions - I'm 30 and life is very much on hold for me right now and getting rather fed up with it! Not to mention I can't afford to be off work for much longer.

Edited to add - intrigued whether there is any chance at all that in time the pain will go away without treatment?I know that the disc won't repair itself but there appears to be no gross neurological deficit so it is just pain..

Thanks, Scarlett

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i know exactly what you are going through.

Ive been going through this since May 26, 2014. Mine started out with what we thought was a shoulder injury. MRI came up with calcium deposites and bone spurs. Had shoulder sugery Nov 14. I did not recover pain well. After having surgery, PT, and after many apointments, my actual work injury was my neck. My C3-C4, C4-C5, and C5-C6 were found herniated in an MRI. I had an epideral at end of Aug 2015 and another on Oct 2. The pain is back as of today. Because it has taken wokers comp so long to deal with this i am getting worse. Im probably looking at surgry again.

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Hi Paula

I don't have herniated cervical discs-just disc bulges on the same 3 levels along with DDD ,kyphosis, and was diagnosed with cervical radiculitis. I had an ESI a couple years ago that was very helpful and my symptoms died down for a long time until recently. What's different now is that I get headaches in the back of my head and worse spasms in the shoulder, random nerve pain, and heavy feeling in my arm. I've had a bilateral rhizotomy (medial branch nerves) in my lumbar spine which is in much worse shape and it gave a little improvement. The recovery is more intense than an ESI and you'll know in 6 weeks if it did anything. I herniated L4-S1 a few years ago and now have a pain pump after trying numerous conservative treatments, microdiscectomy, and 2 level TLIF after post op disc herniation of L4-5. It sucks to have multilevel spine problems but for now my neck isn't as bad as my lower back. Have you tried using a Tens unit, aqua therapy, ice/heat packs, etc? My problems started in my mid 30s too, and you are still pretty young and I hope your age will help you to achieve a better outcome. Hang in there and don't give up hope. I always kept an open mind in trying different treatments (except chiropractor bc of nerve involvement). Take care

Ol' Spiney...Microdiscectomy L4-L5, TLIF L4-S1 -post op central disc herniation L4-S1, sciatic nerve damage, retrolisthesis, epidural fibrosis, facet arthropathy, severe DDD & OA.FBSS- Medtronic SynchroMed II pump.

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Hi Paula

[edit]Was in the same and had surgery on 1st October and am recovering. Doctors say that neck pain takes a while to heal.

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10 months post ACDF surgery on C4/C5 Spine

miss_scarlett01 wrote:
Hello,

I have a large c5/6 disc prolapse which is causing significant pain in my shoulder, elbow and wrist, plus tingles in my thumb and forefinger. It first started about 13 weeks ago. I had a c6 nerve root block injection a few weeks ago but had no improvement from it, and I'm now waiting for my next appointment to plan what next. I'm taking tramadol, cocodamol and amitriptlyne to manage the pain, but I've still been off work from my office job for the last 4 weeks because sitting and computer work makes the pain much worse.

I'm after some advice on what to do from people with similar conditions - I'm 30 and life is very much on hold for me right now and getting rather fed up with it! Not to mention I can't afford to be off work for much longer.

Edited to add - intrigued whether there is any chance at all that in time the pain will go away without treatment?I know that the disc won't repair itself but there appears to be no gross neurological deficit so it is just pain..

Thanks, Scarlett

Hi Ms. Scarlett

Sorry to hear that you're going through so much pain. I was where you are and wasn't able to rest or concentrate due to extreme pain. I went to 5 months of therapy, which only seemed to make things worse. I went to see a Neurologist who ran several tests i.e., Nerve Conductor, MRI's, etc. and found that I had nerve damage throughout my body. She sent me to see a Neuro-Surgeon who recommended that I have surgery to alleviate the pain. Trust me, the thought of having surgery on my spine was not an easy decision to make. I stalled for a few months until I had no choice. I started to have more pain in my back and legs and then it went as far as my loosing feelings in my legs. I had several episodes where I couldn't get up off of the bed, chair, and toilet. Bending, standing, walking became difficult. I broke several glasses as things began to slip out of my hands. It was identified that I have Cervical and lumbar spondylosis and stenosis so my balance became a serious issue. I also experience body tremors which can be distracting at times. I watched several YouTube videos about the ACDF surgery and was able to get an idea what others experience from day 1 to 2 years later. The videos provided me with a lot of pre and post surgery aids that really helped. I chose to have the ACDF surgery in Oct 2014 out of fear of being paralyzed and my surgery was conducted in Dec 2014. The surgery wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I actually felt less pain right after waking up. The healing process had its ups and downs but I would still recommend the surgery. I had to sleep in a recliner for the first 5 months as I couldn't lay flat. I believe that doing so was good but it had surpassed its temporary purpose and was slowing down my healing process so I later purchased a Tempurpedic Adjustable Bed with a Massager and it truly made a difference. I found that the cold weather and rain contributed to my having more severe pain during the first few months of the healing process, but once the weather warmed up I felt much better. However, the rain and cold still affects me, but you get use to being a weather forecaster Smile and my prescription of Gabapentin (for the nerve pain) and Amitriptyline (for the pain) together carries me through those times. I will stress this, the combo of meds only work together and I can only go a day without them or else I feel the pain more than usual. Since surgery I have more strength, energy, and I can now concentrate on other things. Besides having arthritic type pains, I feel so good some days that I forget that I had surgery, that is until I feel a sharp pain from my neck wrapping around to the front of my head or lower back and legs. They are just reminders that I am overdoing it and must slow down. I know that surgery isn't for everyone and that its not an easy decision to make, but I hope that this information will help you and others.

P.S. I was prescribed Tramadol and found that it was a wicked pill. I experienced bad side effects i.e., unable to sleep for hours for the first 8 months, then it flipped on me and I wasn't able to stay awake along with feeling extremely claustrophobic, and having severe panic attacks. I stopped taking the pills and notified my doctor. It took about a week, but I felt better after getting off of those things. All in all, be careful out there. Know the signs and symptoms when things don't feel right and notify your doctor asap. I pray that everyone finds relief from of their pain as I have.

Tere

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