Posted 1/3/2012 6:12 PM (GMT -7)
Welcome to the Healing Well Chronic Pain Forum, I am sorry you are having so much pain and having such a hard time getting it under control! But I think you have definitely come to the right place for support! We might not be able to heal you but we can certainly lend you our ears, and listen and give you our support and what advice we may have. Just know that you are not alone with your pain, we all can empathize with you, and we do understand what it is like to live with chronic pain! We are all here for you, when you are here, you are with family, our chronic pain family!
You nicnaq Sandi is right your Doctor is the best one to tell you what the results of your MRI means and how it is affecting you. Everyone is so different and what might really bother one person, might not have much affect on another. A bad disk at C-6/7 can have a wide range of effects on a person, I know when I had my massive herniated disk at C-6/7 the disk even ruptured, and I had free floating fragments in the spinal canal. Anyway, the disk was actually pressing into my spinal cord, and making my spinal cord bend into a horizontal U shape. The surgeon and other doctors, said they did not know why I was not paralyzed, but all I had was very very very severe, arm and hand pain, like when you hit your crazy bone really hard, but the pain was constant and would not go away. I ended up having surgery, a Anterior Cervical Diskectomy and Fusion, and it relieved the pain immediately. But I did end up having some permanent nerve damage from the ordeal.
nicnaq I can empathize with what you are going through, it took them (military doctors) many many months before they finally diagnosed me and when they finally did I ended up having to have emerengcy surgery to fix the situation. For me I think, those were some of the most painful and difficult days of my entire life! So I can just imagine what it must be like for you, I do hope that you can get some answers to your pain, and identify what is the root cause of it, and hopefully they can fix it!
Please keep us posted on your progress, I do wish you well and again Welcome to our Chronic Pain forum family!
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!