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White Beard
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   Posted 8/25/2011 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
vivers28  I took the liberity of taking your post and putting it in a new thread of its own, it is to confusing with is being connected to that older thread.
 
Posted Today 3:06 AM (GMT -6)
Hi. I have been recently diagnosed with disc bulging in my cervical spine (together with osteoarthritis and tennis elbow) and have been going to therapy for the past 2 weeks. As my PT said, there is no cure for the conditions (maybe apart from the tennis elbow) and we are merely slowing down the process and relieving the pain. I started to feel the numbness on my head, coupled with shooting pain coming from my nape up to either the left or right side of my head as well as numbness on my arms and hands. Had xrays done, but wasn't conclusive but when the MRI results came it, it confirmed the initial findings of a cervical spine condition.

Therapy included electrical stimulation (is that the right term???) on my neck and arm coupled with heating pads. stretching exercises, ultrasound and traction. Yesterday, however, i had a different PT who attended to me since my PT went on leave. she must have used too much weight during my traction because i couldn't stand the pressure and my head felt numb after a few minutes. I asked them to stop the procedure and went home, still with the tingling sensation. i thought it would go away the next day but twas there when i woke up. i contacted my PT and he said if it persisted i should go back to my rehab doctor. he said it must have been too much for me, overstretched my muscles he said. that freaked my out! i took some pain reliever but it only subsided the numbness but it did not go away. so i guess rather than go to my last therapy session, im going to see my doctor.

i hope what i described above would give you an idea as to what possible condition you might have. first time i went to the ER and the doctor saw the xray of my neck he was upset with what he saw. he said people often overlook the pain they feel in their neck, thinking it will go away or a simple massage will do the trick. often times if we ignore the pain, it will only worsen. Pain is our body's way of telling us that something is amiss in our system. take it from me...i've learned about this the hard way :( hope you will take note of this and see your doctor as soon as possible.

God bless!

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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!

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White Beard
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   Posted 8/25/2011 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
SE I also transfered your posted reply

Posted Today 10:17 AM (GMT -6)

Good morning vivers28!

Hey...I wanted to welcome you to the Chronic Pain Forum here, but then I noticed that the post you replied to is one of our older post....almost 3 to 4yrs old. Most of the members you are responding to here, are not active on the forums anymore.

When a new member finds our forum, we ask that they start a new thread (new topic), and introduce themselves there. You will recieve a much better welcome that way, and get much more exposure as well.

So...Please!....feel free to repost this on a new thread, by clicking on the "Post New Topic" at the top of the page.

I will give you a better welcome once you do that for us.

Take care!

SE
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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!

White Beard
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   Posted 8/25/2011 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
vivers28
 
Welcome to Healing Well Chronic Pain Forum. You have definitely came to the right place, and I am sorry for the pain you are having, (I definitely can relate, ) but I think you will find that this forum has some of the most caring and compassionate folks that you will find any where on the internet, and we might not be able to cure you but we most definitely will listen and give you all our support!
 
Your symptoms really sound scary to me, you mentioned tennis elbow are you sure your elbow pain is not caused by the bad disk in your neck? Becareful with the PT and if you experience to much discomfort let them know. I would suggest that you  ask your Doctor to refer you to a neurologist for further evaluation. I have had allot of the pain and discomfort that you have posted about and it was caused from the nerve roots being iminged  by the bad disk in my neck. I have had three fusions done in  my cervical spine, and most of my pain was all in my arms and hands, not in my neck, except for my last fusion at C=3/4.  Anyway please please please becareful and have this checked out thoroughly. It might very well be just strained muscles but with the bulging disks you mentioned I would be extremely careful.  And if you are not satisfied with your treatment then seek a second oppinion. These Doctors work for you! So if your not getting  the proper relief then keep pushing for answers and relief!
 
Good Luck to You
 
White Beard
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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!

CRPSpatient
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   Posted 8/25/2011 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Vivers28, and welcome to HW. White Beard has said it all about the people here, I think. I hope you find plenty of support here.

Laura
CRPS since 1999, diagnosed in 2005 and since spread to full body, spasms, dystonia & contractures, gastroparesis, orthostatic hypotension,bradycardia/tachycardia, bone spurs, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome.

On Oxycontin/Endone, Topamax, Mobic, Magnesium, Florinef, Midodrine, Somac, Cipramil. Have a spinal cord stimulator, intrathecal pump with baclofen & bupivacaine and doing physio.

straydog
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   Posted 8/25/2011 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Vivers and welcome to Healing Well's chronic pain forum. I am glad that you found us but very sorry that you have to be here. It sounds like you are really having a pretty tough time right now with your neck and that arm. Hopefully before long the physical therapy will kick in and really give you the relief you need, don't give up on it.

Many people have bulging discs and don't even know it until they have some sort of an accident or trauma. The dr runs an MRI or a CT Scan and finds it then. These disc problems will not show up on a plain film xray, only something more definitive.

Anyway, I wanted to pop on and tell you welcome aboard. Please keep us posted on how you are coming along. Be sure the therapist goes slow with you and don't let them add to much at one time.
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   Posted 8/26/2011 7:57 AM (GMT -6)   
 
     Thanks White Beard! I have always thought this was a better way to do this in the first place!
 
    Appreciated greatly! Hopefully the member will see this post.
 
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   Posted 8/27/2011 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Vivers28 and welcome! So glad you found us, sorry it's because of pain. We have a wonderful "family" here that offer a ton of support!

I hope you stick around...take care.
Gentle Hugs,
Shannon

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Oxycontin, Percocet, Lopressor, Lexapro, Omeprazole, Promethazine as needed for nausea, Ventolin inhaler and Vitamin D3
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