EMG today- lots of neck pain too

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merrygirl
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   Posted 3/2/2010 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   
hi guy hope this finds you well!

I am having quite a few painful days. My neck is really acting up. It feels like I need epidural injections again but my last on ewas in August. I don thtink they can be close together lilke that. I see my pm doctor tomorrow so I dont have to wait long for answers to my questions. I am sure they wot change my meds. Maybe I should go and see if accupuncture guy can help me. I had it on saturday. IS there a limit to the frequency you can get that? I was supposed to go again this saturday.


I had an EMG done on my lower legs today.All my major nerves are fine. the only thing was mild damage to the sensory nerves?? Not really sure if that is the right wording.

They were kind enough to squeeze me in for trigger point injections as well. My neck is killing mebut the shoulders where the injections were given feel ok.


I read my mri report and I have 4 bulging discs in my neck eek.
I am just wondering what else I can do any advice?

Melissa
Chronic Lyme Disease,Fibromyalgia, CFS, PCOS, sleep apnea, hypothyroidism, type 2 diabetes, bulging discs to name a few


MsBunky
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   Posted 3/2/2010 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Melissa,

I don't know much about bulging discs but I'm pretty sure you can have acupuncture as often as required without it causing problems. I've had it done three times a week as a rule, but also twice a day a few times, after a neck injury several years ago.

I'm glad you were able to get in for trigger point injections so quickly...don't you love it when medical personnel work WITH you instead of against you! Take care and I hope you're feeling good soon!

Hugs,
Pam
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skeye
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   Posted 3/2/2010 7:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Melissa,

You can have acupuncture done as often as you want. When things were really bad, I used to go up to 3X a week (although I never got nearly as much or as long an amount of relief from it as you did). Usually when you are first starting out they suggest going 2 or 3 times a week (then you can drop back to once or twice after a month or so). In the beginning, the more you go, usually the more relief & longer period of relief you get. It just seems to be something that builds up over time & then levels out.

It is fantastic that you got so much relief from your first treatment. Hopefully the acupuncture will continue to make you feel better!! Alternative therapies can do real wonders for some people. Maybe the acupuncture in combination with your other treatments will make a huge difference in your life! I certainly hope so!

hugs,
Skeye

PAlady
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   Posted 3/2/2010 8:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Melissa,
I know with my neck it's really important to sleep on a cervical pillow, use a lot of heat (I have one I can put in the microwave that wraps around my neck), do the stretches my PT taught me, watch my ergonomics at the computer, when holding a phone, etc. I wish I could afford massages because I'd love to get regular ones!

Have you had any PT for your neck? If you do, get someone who really knows what they're doing with necks. Not all PT's are alike!

I think the practitioner will determine how often you can have acupuncture but I don't think it's uncommon to have treatments a few times a week when first starting. Problem for many of us is affording it!

Take care,

PaLady

bsjaguar
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   Posted 3/3/2010 4:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Melissa, I made a rice bag that you can put into the microwave just for my neck. Take a dish towel and fold it long ways. Sew up the sides fill with rice and sew it closed. These can also be placed into the freezer for cold application.

Have you tried plain old tylenol. I have neck problems too and generic tylenol seems to help. I also have pain meds but sometimes I think adding some acetaminophen (generic tylenol) seems to help more. Be careful though, not sure if your meds contain this and you don't want to overdue this drug, it can damage the liver.

Are you seeing a pain management doc or rheumatologist?
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, facet syndrome, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus surgeries left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 3/3/2010 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
 
 
  Dear Melissa,
 
     Good morning! *warm huggs* I am sorry you are in so much pain today confused  Thank you so much for all the support and care you have given me. It helped alot, to know I had so much support through such a.. uncertian time in my life. Thank you!! *huggs*
 
You said ~~>ewas in August. I don thtink they can be close together lilke that. I see my pm doctor tomorrow so I dont have to wait long for answers to my questions. I am sure they wot change my meds. Maybe I should go and see if accupuncture guy can help me. I had it on saturday. IS there a limit to the frequency you can get that?
 
     I do not know about accupuncture. But I have steroids delivered in my spine every 3 to 4 months. I have reached the limit as far as "amount in one procedure" which is 10. I do not know if that is case by case scenario thou.
 
     I sure hope you can get the pain down to a fuctional level. You ve been ina lot of pain for quite some time and I am sure it is weighing heavily by now *warm hugg* Your in our hearts! Sure hope you can get some much needed rest.
 
*hugg*
  dani
 
    

 

 

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merrygirl
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   Posted 3/3/2010 5:50 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for the support and hugs! pm docs said I could have cervical injection asap, which happenes to be 2 weeks from today. I am very glad.

I am feeling depressed tonight. I am not feeling well and am a little discouraged. I know I shouldnt be. I spent a lot of time in bed and I am ready for sleep again.

this is just a cycle I am so tired of. same things over and over.
sorry to whine, but I am in a mood@!
Chronic Lyme Disease,Fibromyalgia, CFS, PCOS, sleep apnea, hypothyroidism, type 2 diabetes, bulging discs to name a few


IsThereAnEnd?
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   Posted 3/4/2010 1:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi merrygirl ~
I am so sorry you are feeling rough and discouraged......I hope today finds you with tolerable pain and I'm sending you LOTS of hugs ((((((merrygirl)))))))))) and please know I am always happy to chat with a fellow CP'er anytime. :-) For me, it helps to TALK......I often get caught up in my own world and things get ugly fast. I SO understand what you mean about the "cycle" ~ hang in there and I pray things will look up, soon!

Huuuuggggssss!!!!
Cardiomyopathy, Celiac Disease, High Blood Pressure, 2 Fusions @ L4, L5, S1, 2 Fusions @ C7 & C8, Implantible bone growth stimulator cervically, and soon to have Neurostimulation Therapy to treat lumbar, Chronic Pain Sufferer for 8 years, take several meds daily to survive! Looking for a miracle I think ~


merrygirl
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   Posted 3/5/2010 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
thank you for your support! I really do appreciate all of you.
Thanks for beiing there for me. I would love to talk and chat sometime. I need to do something to get my mind off of myself and my misery. I think I should start trying to do my beading again.
thanks again fo rthe hugs!

melissa
Chronic Lyme Disease,Fibromyalgia, CFS, PCOS, sleep apnea, hypothyroidism, type 2 diabetes, bulging discs to name a few


PAlady
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   Posted 3/5/2010 1:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Merrygirl,
Just as I started reading your post the word "hobby" came to mind, and then you mentioned your beading! Sure, it doesn't cure things, but any distraction can help. Plus if it's something you enjoy you make kick some endorphins into circulation that will help your mood. But I do hope you can get some more help with that from your docs.

Hugs,

PaLady
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