New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Pamela Neckpain
Veteran Member


Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 1821
   Posted 3/31/2009 6:19 AM (GMT -7)   
My pain dr. read my MRI to me. I may pick it up and look at it myself. (Maybe not)

It wasn't great. I have two herniated discs at c4, and c5 & c5 & c6. I also have a curve from
spinal stenosis.

Up above my spine, in the area of the Atlas the MRI picked up "something"

I don't care what it is. All is inoperable.

I don't want an MRI of my shoulder. General Anesthesia for that? No thanks.

Gee, it 6:11 am and I haven't been to sleep yet. I keep watching Grey's Anatomy
and I kind of sleep. Just can't finish that show.

We'll be house moving pretty soon. Again! Long story.

I want to thank every single person who helped me through those rough days
before my MRI.

Put all of our minds together, and we a total genius. Have you guys ever thought of
that>

Pamela

Tony McGuire
Regular Member


Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 483
   Posted 3/31/2009 6:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Pamela,

Obviously, you are on the low side of the mountain.

What happened to that lady who ate all that candy had enjoyed that wonderful salad?

I realize the results of the MRI weren't what you hoped for, but let's concentrate back on the good side of what you have.
And please don't say no to an MRI of your shoulder yet, please; wait for a few days and let the pain normalize back down the mountain before making your decision. THEN if you are still in the same place...


Good to have you back, regardless. I appreciate having your experience and knowledge added to the genius of chronic pain (GCP) that we all are.
Wife: Liz, the choice of a lifetime
Dogs: Koshka & Chomp


Pamela Neckpain
Veteran Member


Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 1821
   Posted 3/31/2009 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Tony, I was in that dang hospital for 4 hours. My shoulder isn't bothering
me so much. Yes, I probably should have the MRI. I don't want my arm
falling off and not be able to feel it because I've been so well medicated.

I've got to check out your home page.

Right now. Coffee.

I am so impressed with GCP! Wowser. lol.

Pamela

Are you getting up? Or have you not been to bed. It's 6:39. I must
have turned manic. tongue

Tony McGuire
Regular Member


Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 483
   Posted 3/31/2009 7:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Well awake for over an hour. Second pot of coffee. Mountain Time here in Utah(ugg!).

Just trying to get my brain primed and running so I can contribute my dosage. idea :-)
Wife: Liz, the choice of a lifetime
Dogs: Koshka & Chomp


Tony McGuire
Regular Member


Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 483
   Posted 3/31/2009 7:20 AM (GMT -7)   
P.S. My site isn't much yet. But the idea will be a book exchange. Send some in for credits, order some back. The only charge will be actual book rate postage. NOTHING other than that.

A love of books. A love of knowledge. A love of people who appreciate books and knowledge (an fun from books, I'll admit).

Rated for kids, but books of all levels and types. Just no ****ography.
Wife: Liz, the choice of a lifetime
Dogs: Koshka & Chomp


LLPLUV
Veteran Member


Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 1158
   Posted 3/31/2009 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   

Pamela I'm so happy you made it through the MRI.  But you do need the shoulder MRI.  Evaluate the whole package as I call it.  Results might of sucked but at least you can go from here and hopefully receive the treatment formed for you alone.  Some relief might come from this.

TonyMcguire: Wow book exchange I have over 200 right now I've already read!!!!  I need to get more information on this one....


Chronic Kidney Stones, PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease), Chronic Kidney Failure, Severe Hypertension


Tony McGuire
Regular Member


Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 483
   Posted 3/31/2009 8:34 AM (GMT -7)   
LLPLUV: That site is just me starting this off. 200 books right now will get you 400 books once we get an inventory. It will be online, and you just pick the ones you want.

Once established, the 200 books will get you 100 books or 150 books (not firmed up yet).

E-Mail me or call - info on the site.

And Pamela, I think the verdict is in. Get that MRI when you can, as soon as you can. I can just about guarantee chances are MUCH higher you'll be more sorry if you don't than if you do.
Having the knowledge to make the BEST decision is the RIGHT way to go.
Wife: Liz, the choice of a lifetime
Dogs: Koshka & Chomp


Chartreux
Veteran Member


Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 9622
   Posted 3/31/2009 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Pamela,
So what did doc says as far as treatment? or is he waiting for your shoulder mri?
my disc are herniated as well but not bad enough for surgery, makes ya wonder what bad is...
Anyways good luck with the shoulder mri, we'll be rooting for ya..
{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{HUGZ}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

Tony would luv to have your web address for the books, sci fi are my favorites with some vampire and werewolf books...
Are you the famous BB player, spring training is in Florida, opening day is coming "Play Ball".....WooHoo........
**********************************************
* Asthma, Allergies, Osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenative Disc, Fibromyalgia, Gerd, Enlarged Pituitary Gland
******** "We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world" from Helen Keller *********

********>^..^<********>^..^<********>^..^<********


uniquelyme
Veteran Member


Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 1037
   Posted 3/31/2009 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   
 
Pamela, Pamela, Pamela
I really feel for you and those MRI results...I had one done last month and the NP told me what it said but I'll wait until I hear from my Dr. on my next appt. before I worry.
 
What is going on with all the moves? I bet that is stressful as all get out!! 
 
So, what are you and your Dr. going to do about your cervical problems? No surgery I see...is that because you don't want it or they don't want to do it? I haven't had anything wrong with my neck yet, and I hope I never do...that really freaks me out...
 
Let me know how you are doing girl...
 
Me.

 
We are all in the same boat...unfortunatley it seems like it's sinking...
 
Rhonda
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome
Hemi Lamenectomy
Spinal Fusion
 
120 mg. Methadone daily
60 mg. Oxycodone daily
Lyrica as needed 
 
Type 2Diabetes 
Metformin 500 mg. once daily
                                                                     

 


straydog
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Feb 2003
Total Posts : 13469
   Posted 3/31/2009 10:37 AM (GMT -7)   

Pamela,

Herniated disc do not always mean surgery, thank god for that. So many factors they take into consideration before being given the surgery option. The situation with your neck may stay as it is, its even possible to get better or down the road it could get worse. But, those are just possibilities , it does not mean any of it will happen. I hope now you can settle down now that you do know you have a problem with your neck. Now, you know why you have pain and need medication for the pain and no the pain was not imagined. For as long as you have had neck pain this is probably been your problem all along. Physcial therapy may not be any good for you at this point since this has gone on for so long. Talk to your and see what he recommends.

I do suugest that you get the MRI done of your shoulder, Better to be safe than sorry. The neck is a crazy thing, it can cause terrible shoulder pain, but something else within the shoulder could be going on too. So, with this in mind, I would get it scheduled ASAP and get it over with. If the MRI comes out normal, then no more guessing and stressing over the shoulder and you will definetly know its all coming from the neck. If something shows, then just like the neck, you will know what the problem is and take care of it. No one can or will ever force a patient into any surgery.

When I fell off the back of our motorcycle I landed on both elbows to try and break the fall since I did not have a helmet on. I was trying to protect my head. I went into a roll once I hit the black top and rolled into a ditch. I screwed up my right shoulder and caused impingement. I nearly lost the use of my right arm for quite awhile. I had alot of scar tissue to build up and it was in the wrong places and made it very painfull. I could not hold a fork, hair dryer, curling iron, shift gears in the jeep, nothing. It was explained to me when I made the wrong arm movement, it was like my muscle was suppose to be on the top shelf but unstead was down on the bottom shelf. Boy, did it ever deal me misry. I still have alot of problems with it, sometimes its like a nagging toothache, but I just deal with it.

The neuropathy in my hands is from the that fall and landing on the elbows. I injured the ulnar nerve in both arms and refused surgery for both arms. I had so much scar tissue to build up in the wrong places. Now, I could kick myself for being pigheaded. My strength is gone, I have alot numbness in the hands its permament now, so it the nerve damage, too late for surgery waited too long. We need our hands just like the rest of our parts. The point of telling you this is simple, don't always reject the surgical option because you may pay for it in the long run, I sure have every stinking day.

So, don't let the MRI results on that neck bum you out-you have sort of known all along that something was going on there, so it was really no big surprise. Now you know and you can live with herniated disc and no one is forcing any surgery on you. Thats not bad news after all kid. See ya later. Susie



PAlady
Veteran Member


Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 6795
   Posted 3/31/2009 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Pamela,
I'm with Susie on this. You worry a lot about various parts of your body; best to have all the MRI's and know, then you can know your options.

I've had herniations in my neck for years. Never had surgery but always have to do stretches, use a good cervical pillow for sleeping, watch how I hold my neck when on the computer, etc. It doesn't make all the pain go away, but it helps. So did carpel tunnel surgery in both hands. I was stubborn for years. Insisted the problems in my hands stemmed from my neck issues. Out of desperation in 1994 I had the carpel tunnel on my right hand. That pain went away immediately. (the pain in my hand, not the neck problems) So years later when my left hand got worse, I had the surgery without batting an eye. I wish my back surgery would have been that successful! Point is we can get too stubborn for our own good, as Susie points out.

Get the MRI's while they're all set up. Know what you're dealing with. No one can force you into surgery.

PaLady

straydog
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Feb 2003
Total Posts : 13469
   Posted 3/31/2009 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I have herniations at C5-6 and C6-7. In the low back, a a rather large bulging disc at L5-S1 and bigger problems with the facet joints at this level. Lots of degeneration in both areas. Was offered surgery for the neck & declined. I was not interested in surgery on either area. My neck is so much better because I am not on a computer day in & day out like when I worked. My drs keep a close eye on these problems and I am comfortable with my decisions at this point. But, who knows, it could all change tomorrow for all we know. I know the things to watch for and I try to be very careful. None of my surgeons ever got upset over my decision. I told them when I was ready I would give them a call. But, by knowing what I wa dealing with made everything alot easier......Susie


Pamela Neckpain
Veteran Member


Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 1821
   Posted 3/31/2009 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
It's true that no one can force you into surgery. However, if you NEED surgery your prescribing doctor may
decide that he/she does not want to fill your prescription until you have the surgery. This was a large part
of my terror in getting the MRI. (MRI's)

I've had lots of physical therapy with all different types of therapists. Expensive and it never
helped me except for one thing: I learned the importance of good posture.

I will be getting an MRI of my shoulder. I just have to rest up a little from that last one!

I have Scoliosis. Six years ago a surgeon at Stanford said I would need surgery on THAT in four years. I surrrre
hope not. That's a biggie.

Pete trips again!
Veteran Member


Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 1899
   Posted 3/31/2009 9:13 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Pam,

I'm so glad you had your MRI done and read to you. The only problem I'm having w/ this senarrio is that your pain Dr. told you what he saw> Is he qualified to read an MRI? I know mine (pain dr.) wasn't, he just read the report that the MRI tech wrote and told me I had to see a surgeon right away. Then the surgeon he sent me to who was an ortho-surgeon told me to have physical theropy! Remember? It was only when I saw the wizkid neuro-surgeon who ordered a new MRI did I hear anything about surgery. I like you had so much P.T. prior to then I knew more wasn't going to help me at all! Then when My neuro guy told me I was lucky I didn't do the P.T. because it would have made things much worse I was pissed! Maybe you should have a qualified Neuro Surgeon look at your MRI's. Also, at first my Doc told me he was going to do a tripple fusion because I had 4 herniated disks but changed his mind remember? Then he only fused the worst one. He said the same thing that someday I may need to get them fixed but right now, they were not causing any big problems! By the way, I also had a curve in my neck, who knew? I hope you don't get depressed over all this, I'm proud of you for getting this far and now get that shoulder done. That reminds me, my shoulder was killing me and the ortho surgeon told me it probably wasn't neck-nerve related! He said it was probably bersidis or aurthridis! Boy was he wrong, he never even mentioned the big bone spur which was causing all my problems! I just hate so many doctors!!! Thank God there are some good ones still around> just hard to find!

Big Proud Hugz>
Pete


56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections every 2weeks . 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis in port in Japan and the other on a Gator Freighter USS Bataan stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 


skeye
Veteran Member


Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 2976
   Posted 3/31/2009 9:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Pamela,

I'm glad you got some answers from the MRI, even if they weren't what you were hoping for. Hopefully the shoulder MRI's, if you follow through with them, will tell you more.

Skeye

Dagger
Veteran Member


Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1522
   Posted 3/31/2009 10:46 PM (GMT -7)   
If there is something wrong with your shoulder that could be fixed or treated, go for it. When my shoulder acts up, it makes my neck hurt a lot more.

straydog
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Feb 2003
Total Posts : 13469
   Posted 3/31/2009 11:45 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Pam,

Didn't you say the scoliosis is in your neck? If so, it would have been in the report from the MRI since they did the cervical area. What was said about it in the report, did they give the degree of the curvature, I don't think you mentioned it. Like I told you before, I have it in my back and it showed on plain films and the MRI. Its very common in people. Like I told ya before, the ones I know that have surgery for scoliosis are the young people born with it and the curvature is out so many degrees, then they will do surgery to correct it. I think we have a young guy on here that had it as a child that had surgery at a young age. Shoot, having a senora moment, can't remember his name, I am sure he could enlighten all of us on this subject.  

I am still trying to find a place on my leg to do my Humira shot.lol I am too chicken to give it in the stomach. I had those shots in the stomach when I was in the hospital with cellulitis, it was to prevent blood clots and they hurt like hell in the stomach, fat and all lol.

When it rains it pours, speaking of, we had an unexpected hailstorm last night. Some was the size of a quarter, the rest pea size. Oh, it sounded terrible. I grabbed a hoodie and ran out back for my big plastic tall bucket and then ran to the front door bucket in hand to cover my peony bush that I transplanted. I have nine blooms that have just started forming and I did not want the plant damaged by hail. Went out this morning to check it and it survived just fine with the bucket,lol.

Susie



skeye
Veteran Member


Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 2976
   Posted 4/1/2009 4:33 AM (GMT -7)   
In children, at least, the standard is to operate on any curvature greater than 79 degrees. That is about the size when they run the risk of beginning to have secondary problems from the scoliosis, such as compromised respiratory ability. Anything less than that is usually tried to be manage medically. Obviously each case is different, & I'm no doctor, but this is something I learned during my internship with a pedi. orthopedic surgeon. I don't know if the criteria is different for adults.

Skeye
New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Wednesday, December 07, 2016 9:11 PM (GMT -7)
There are a total of 2,734,465 posts in 301,216 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 151332 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, Blueswoman.
313 Guest(s), 8 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
DQueen, jdcd57, mspt98, time2reclaim, Red_34, Yarbo3, Mister Mike, julymorning


Follow HealingWell.com on Facebook  Follow HealingWell.com on Twitter  Follow HealingWell.com on Pinterest
Advertisement
Advertisement

©1996-2016 HealingWell.com LLC  All rights reserved.

Advertise | Privacy Policy & Disclaimer