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Narrowing of c5 & c6

From: nekpnguy - on 03/31/2010 5:21pm

I woke up one morning with neck pain.It got much worse in the hours to come.I went to the emergency room where the DR. noticed a narrowing of the space between C5 and C6.He took x-rays as I have a pain in the back of my neck and in my shoulder,as well as pain down my arm and tingling in two fingers.He said this narrowing is common and he seemed to feel it will go away.It has only gotten a little better after 3 weeks what can I do to reduce the pain or get the inflammation down??He gave me motrin and naprosyn,it only knocks the edge off but doesn't take away the pain.Any Help out there??

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on 04/01/2010 3:47pm

Hey nekpnguy... Did the doc say it was spinal stenosis, a herniated disc or a degenerated disc?

The good news is most back pain will go away after 6-8 weeks... depending on the diagnosis there are several things you can do to help. I'll pull some info together if you know the answer.

Good luck!

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on 04/01/2010 4:03pm

Thank You,any good info is appreciated.The Dr. at the emergency room said he thought it would get better in 10 days or so.He took x-rays and said the narrowing is common bet c5 and c6.He used the term "CERVICAL RADICULOPATHY".He gave me Naprosyn and Presidone.It's been one week and it's only improved(without pain) about 20-25%.Just before I take the next dose it starts to really become painful again until the next dose kicks in.Flexaril does seem to help.The Doc did mention degenerative disk possibility but he said he has 27 years experience and feels it will get better sooner than later,I don't know it sure hurts now.

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on 04/01/2010 4:03pm

Thank You,any good info is appreciated.The Dr. at the emergency room said he thought it would get better in 10 days or so.He took x-rays and said the narrowing is common bet c5 and c6.He used the term "CERVICAL RADICULOPATHY".He gave me Naprosyn and Presidone.It's been one week and it's only improved(without pain) about 20-25%.Just before I take the next dose it starts to really become painful again until the next dose kicks in.Flexaril does seem to help.The Doc did mention degenerative disk possibility but he said he has 27 years experience and feels it will get better sooner than later,I don't know it sure hurts now.

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on 04/02/2010 9:52am

Your neck pain is likely coming from a degenerated disc or a herniated / bulging disc. You may want to try a traction device. They hang over the door, connects to your head and allows gravity to help stretch out your spine, which can relieve the pain. If the pain continues, I would try this first.

Here are some inexpensive options form a quick Google search. I have not used any of them.

http://www.airnecktraction.com/
http://www.activeforever.com/p-70-overdoor-home-cervical-neck-traction-kit.aspx
http://sitincomfort.com/cetrnecopr.html

Good luck.

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on 04/03/2010 10:19pm

What kind of doctor told you this? If it was not as orthopedic - go to one. an MRI may be in order to get a closer look. Cervical radiculopathy is kind of a catch all for cervical radiating pain. You could have a lot of things to cause pain, but if he did mention DDD, get it checked out fast. DDD, in the long run, is not good if you are young. If it's a herniation, there are many options.
Motrin and Naproxin are anti-inflammatory with pain relievers. Does heat or ice help? You might try alternating them at 5 minutes each time every 30 minutes. The flexyrl is muscle relaxant and it helps? I might wonder if you have some ligament damage or something muscle related? An MRI should be able to answer those questions.
If they did an MRI, take it to an Orthopedic that is well respected where you live.
Physical Therapy will probably happen next if something is wrong.

Find the answer. It could go away, but make sure you cover everything if the pain does not go away.

from someone who knows....

Dee

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on 04/04/2010 8:02pm

Thanks All I believe the Dr is a DO.I have an appt with a neuro surgeon on Tues,However the next couple of days are going to be a pain.I have been using an ice pack,it makes my hand and fingers really tingle.I'm 49 and in pretty good shape.I'm used to muscle pulls and such going away in a week tops.It has been a month now and is only better I think because of the NSAIDS.The trap muscle over my left shoulder is very hard and spasms as does my left tricep now and again.

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on 04/15/2010 2:31pm

I agree with the cervical traction comment. It WILL help u relieve ur pain and discomfort. I began an extensive program thru my chiro (only one in my valley that practices this) called The Pettibon System which is a full spine rejuvenation program. I got a cervical traction to take home along with a wobble chair to do my physical therapy activites on. I can attest to the relief it gave me in my neck and spine.:) anyway I hope u get feeling better whatever decisions u make!! *hugs* I do suggest getting a mri and at leasr 2-3 different opinions after of what u have and how it is to be treated.

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on 04/20/2010 11:57am

Squirtatious,

Can you tell us more about the Pettibon System? I have degenerative disc disease in my neck and lower back. I'm not open minded about chiropractors. I saw one for my back and think he made it worse. However, I am open to suggestions that don't involve manipulations and I know that improvements to posture can make a big difference.

I had a fusion at C6-7 about 6 years ago. Had pain in my neck, left side, couldn't raise my head, had unbelievably bad, crushing pain in my left arm. Nothing helped. After a few months, had the fusion. Recovery took about two years. Recently, my neck started bothering me again, with pain in my left arm. It's not bad, but it worries me. The problem with fusions is that the levels above and below the fusions tend to deteriorate. Also, scar tissue develops and irritates the nerve.

Anyway, info on Pettibon would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Fledman

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