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Posted By : tiredredhead - 8/29/2017 5:08 PM
My latest MRI showed 3 herniated disks in my cervical spine. And 3 areas of oseophytes. Two disks are effacing and abutting my spinal cord. The radiologist report said no spinal cord impingement, but I have several symptoms of myelopathy. Two days ago my neck pain and symptoms went crazy. Burning pain jumped from a five to an 8. Radiating pain down arms and hands also increased. I have lost around half the range of motion that I had. I absolutely cannot get to sleep with the pain and stiffness.

The only thing different that has happened is that I started a steroid pack 4 days ago to knock out some inflammation in my sinuses.

Anyone think the steroid took down some inflammation that always is in my neck and things moved or shifted a bit? I really do not want a fusion done. All my providers have been trying to keep all my issues stable for as long as possible to avoid surgery.

I think I am grasping at any idea other than I have lost stability in my neck and things are degenerating faster.


Posted By : straydog - 8/29/2017 6:04 PM
Hi Sarah, neck issues stink especially when a nerve is being pinched. I am dealing with the same thing right now. I have a long history of neck & back issues. I am trying Gabapentin right now for this. I have burning pain on the upper left shoulder blade & into the top of my arm. Steroids are often rx'd for this type of situation because it helps with inflammation of any kind. Often the drs will recommend epidural steroid injections too.

I know that you are not interested in surgery, however, you may want to consider a consult with a very good neurosurgeon to see what he/she would recommend besides surgery. At least go & see what one would recommend for some relief. A good neurosurgeon will not push surgery, instead offer options.

Take care.
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Posted By : tiredredhead - 8/29/2017 6:52 PM
Susie, i have PT evaluation lined up for a couple weeks from now. If that doesn't work, then headed out somewhere for shots. This is all being done through my orthopedist. She said if the PT fails or I have worsening symptoms/pain then I need to come back immediately and I get referred out for the shots. There is a neurosurgeon in same building that they work with.

I have been taking 600 mgs of gabapentin for a few months. Its's worked wonders for the nerve pain down my legs from lumbar issues. It's not touching the neck pain though. I just don't understand why it suddenly got drastically worse when it's been fairly stable for years.

Posted By : straydog - 8/29/2017 7:35 PM
Sarah, I understand, mine came out of no where several months ago. The burning just kept worse so I finally told my PM dr.. He ordered a Ct since I cannot have an MRI. And things have gotten a whole worse over the years. I wouldn't have surgery 20 some years ago & am too old now.

Take care.
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