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neck injury - 2 bulging disks

Started by freakd34 on 03/02/2010 4:34pm

I need someones advice on this cortisone injection thing. I have to have the injection in my neck. I need to know the dangers of this and if this is something that I should go through with or what. I am extremely terrified of needles and the thought of one going into my neck ... O MY GOODNESS !!! ... Do the doctors, like, knock you out or do they just give you a pain pill or what. I don't want to feel or see or hear anything. I will totally freak out. Im freaking out just talking about it, lol. Do you feel it, does it hurt, will I die, will I be paralyzed ... O MY GOODNESS ...

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Hello, i recently just finished up with a series of 3 of these injections in my neck,so i thought mybe i can help.They put me face down w/pillows under my chest and head ,so you do not see anything,they give you numbing shots in your neck around the area that the injection will go,when the injection is going you sometimes will feel a little burn or pintching pressure(my doctor kepted asking if i felt anything if so they stop and give you more numbing shots).You will feel what they tell you is a little zing down your arm when the medicine is finally injected,you will be sore for a 1-2 days only after the numbing wares off.I myself dident want this done but usually this is the procedure they take 1st. b-4 surgery. I have two herniated disc which are pintching on a nerve.I found some relief for about 2-3 weeks until the next injection which came every 4 weeks,and yes there are risks involed.

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It is a frightening thing to think about -- get an injection anywhere, but especially in your neck. It may help you to read our article on cortisone injections in the neck. Try reading this: Cervical Epidural Injection .

The article, which is written by a physiatrist, gives a really great explanation of what to expect before, during, and after the procedure.

Before having a procedure like this, it's a terrific idea to learn everything you can about what will happen and the kind of outcome you can expect. You can learn more by reading articles like ours -- but it's also important to ask your doctor any and all questions. He or she should thoroughly explain the procedure, and if there's anything you don't understand, well, just keep asking questions until you're comfortable having the cortisone injection.

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dear freak34,i have had these injections,i will be perfectly honest with you about my experience.the guy who these it ,will make the difference.i had three an a great 'whoever his title is' at our local hospital guy did two,an when i went back for the last one,well oh my god,it really hurt ,every part of it.the guy never hurt me at any part of it.the last one they told me 'oh,shes great ,he guy is the one trained her.'not'possible.she hurt me an i got fighten mad.i vowed she would never touch me again.'your neck', you will be put to sleep for not much more than 3or4 minutes tops an no you don't feel anything at that point.i am a needle crazy person too.the thoughtsof needles makes me break out in a sweat an so sick,dizzy,all most faint.if the person knows what their doing ,you want have a problem,cause they use this camera,picture type thing that shows them as the need in going in where to place it.i have to say my over all experience was ok,if not been for the crazy lady.you will need someone to drive you home,i went straight back to work after mine.just really do your reseach on a good person to do it .we'll be fine,i promise.hope this takes some of your fear away!redpitbull ps.i have to say they kept me working for about a yr.longer than i could of worked without them,but they didn't help me forever.i still had to have surgery on my necki guess if i had it to do over,i probably would not do it again knowing it was just a short fix.good luck finding the right person to do it,thats definely the key..

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I hear you. I have to have the cervical epidural next week and I too am freaked. I had lower epidurals in the past for surgurey on my leg. OMG what an awful experience. I fear that the neck will be the same thing. I definitley think reading all the stuff on this web site helps to alleviate some of my apprehension but, not all of it. I fell down some stairs at work and have been so frustrated at the never ending pain. I have taken narco, morphine and now i am taking Levorphanol, Lyrica, flexeril, Cymbalta with minimal relief. I too, wish some one could feel the constant pain that I experience. I understand there is no quick fix and this could endup being a chronic condition. I do not know how i will endure it. It has been eight months so far. I find comming to terms with the fact that I have become disabled and cant do the things I like has been one of the hardest parts
of this experience. My employer is furious that i am out of work and I had to retain legal representation to save my job. I was going to be terminated for job abandonment. I was actually asked by my employer why I cant work on the medications I take. I work with people that have chemical dependancy issues. I was taking 10 -12 mgs of morphine every day. Go figure...
I wish my employer could feel my pain. They do not get it.
I keep thinking the same things as you freakd24. Will I end up paralyzed, worse off, or die. The spinal cord is part of the brain.. What I have learned of physiology and the spinal cord I am afraid to mess with it..

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I have three bulging discs in my neck that cause me severe pain in my right arm, weakness in the arm, and numbness in the hand. I have been told that I will eventually need surgery to fix this, but that as long as I can deal with the pain, and the weakness does not get worse, that we should wait.

OTC medicine doesn't really help, so I've tried taking Vicodin which helps a bit, and oxycontin which made me so sick that I ended up in the hospital needing anti-nausea medicine. I tried PT for 4 weeks, which didn't help, so I finally decided to try the cortisone shots.

Maybe I was lucky, maybe my doctor is good, I don't know, but I experienced almost no pain or discomfort from the shot at all (during and after), and each time I've gotten a shot, it's given me 6 months to a year of relief. I would say that you should give it a shot (pun intended ;-) ).

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I have had injections in my neck 9 different times, and it was NO PROBLEM when I had them,,,I was put to sleep each time because the Dr. does not want you to move..I have bulging & pertruding disks in C-4,5,6,7, narrowing of the spine, AND, TO TOP IT ALL OFF, was diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease last year!!YUCK!! The injections were done through a Pain Management Facility in my area, and they only do them at the Hospital with Anesthesia and guided through a Cat Scan so they put them DIRECTLY in the affected area where you are experiencing the pain,,,IT WORKS WONDERS and I had INSTANT relief after the first one (they are done once a week for a series of 3) I hope this eases your fears a bit.......I would DEFINETLY talk with your Dr. about this type of procedure (if it fits with your particular symptoms)
Good Luck and take care!!!!
Sincerely,
43-year old-WAY-TO-YOUNG-FOR-ALL-THIS-CRAP!!!!!!!!!HA-HA

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I had the same type of problem with my neck. Luckily for me with the use of kinesio tape and physical therapy, I was able to see huge improvements and did not have to resort to the cortisone injection. However, I know people who have gone with the injection and said it helped. I would recommend physical therapy first, but if it doesn't work, try something more aggressive like the shot.

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I had the injections done in the lumbar spine and they didnt do any good, but when I was having mine done I met someone who had the cervical injections done and they said they help alleviate most of the pain for them. anytime you go under anesthesia, you are assuming some risk.
I have DDD from top to bottom of my spine. I am facing the fact that I will be receiving these injections at some point. I have burning neck pain, numbess and tingling in my arms along with double vision when I turn my head just a little.
Also, on the fusion surgery, I originally didnt want to have the fusion on my lumbar spine because everyone said you still had pain and the surgery was pointless. Well, I had three doctors tell me that there were advances in fusion surgery and I wpuld experience great relief. WRONG!!!!
The one thing I want to know is: Lumbar and Cervical disc replacement has been approved as a treatment in the US for a while now, why arent more doctors performing this surgery? from what I understand, it has much better results than fusion surgery. I guess it could be a question of whether ins. companies will pay for it or alot of doctors are still not trained to do the disc replacement surgery.

If your doctor is considering performing fusion surgery on you, you might want to consult a doctor who is trained and qualified to perform disc replacement surgery. I will be!

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