I have had multiple epidurals in my neck (cervical spine) as well and multiple surgeries! I will tell you I am in complete agreement with your PM Doctor, about having PT or manipulations done of your neck! The idea of it scares me to death! As for the epidurals, the most relief I have gotten from them is 3 or 4 weeks, so it sounds like you are doing pretty good with yours. The draw back is they can only give you so many of them in a given time frame. Epidurals are also a good diagnostic tool because if you get relief from them, it is an excellent indicator to the surgeon that, that indeed is the problem area, that needs to be corrected!. As for surgery the first diskectomy and fusion I had was in 1985 at C-6/7, it was considered an emergency and I had no choice in it, I had severe damage and the herniated disk was fragmented with pieces lodged in my spinal canal! During that time before surgery, I had been manipulated by an osteopathic doctor in the military, and he darn near killed me, it was by the grace of God I wasn't turned into a quadriplegic. I am glad you did not choose to have that chiropractor work on you, as he can say what he wants, but I would never believe that he could cure you!! But he could very well have made you much much worse!! I had my second diskectomy and fusion in September of 2009 again I was having severe arm pain, and I had several epidural injections first, which gave me excellent relief from the pain but it just did not last! Anyway this time they used donor cadaver bone and used brackets and screws to hold it all together! I was in the hospital three days, and as soon as I woke up from surgery my arm pain was gone! Surgery is not without its draw backs, and most of the time they do not tell you that when they do a disk fusion that the disk above or below the fusion usually will go bad with in ten years, due to the added stress. I got close to 25 years on mine! Anyway I have major problems in my entire spine, as it is all going to pot! I just had a posterior articular joint fusion at C-3/4 done the 15th of November, and this was definitely the most difficult surgery I have ever had! The anterior cervical disk fusions was a real piece of cake compared to the posterior joint fusions!
The thing I do want to stress to you, with having severe herniated cervical disk is to be careful! Especially with chiropractic manipulations, this is one area of the spine that you can ill afford to have messed up! Some forms of PT are fine, but again just be careful! It sounds like your Pain Doctor is really on top of things and I think I would be more inclined to go with his advice. I know my Spinal Pain Management Doctor even sends me to surgeons when he thinks it is appropriate. Mine also does just about everything, and he treats the whole person!
Anyway I do wish you well and hope that it all works out for YOU!
Good Luck..........White Beard
Moderator Chronic Pain
After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!