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Is there any treatment options for me ?

Started by M.T. on 09/04/2010 1:35am

I have cronic pain in my cervial region
I have 6 of my 7 disks that are bulging, facet diease and stenosis. I think there are a few other things but I cant recall them right now. I am in alot of pain constantly. My neck gets very weak and tired easily. It gives me major headaches and I find daily life becoming more and more difficult. I have been to therapy and have been getting lidocane injections. They have helped a great deal but are now becoming UNeffective.
I was told IF I could find a doctor to do surgery they would have to fuse my spine and theres a great chance of paralazation. It seems to risky. I take Loratab sometimes but it doesnt help a great deal.
Does anyone have any advise for me ? Meds, surgery, ANYthing ?
I am also wondering with these issues where am I going to be in 10 years if im this misriable right now ? I am seeing a doctor but plan on contacting a few more next week to see of moe options.
thanks

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First, take it one day at a time. I am only 34 and I have severe spinal stenosis. Seriously consider getting physical therapy from a therapist specializing in sports medicine. They really work the neck. I know the type headaches you are referring to... When they would stretch my head as far as they could I noticed great relief. One of the things I would recommend even though it seems like it wouldn't work is to take a kitchen chair... lie down... scoot your bottom to the beginning of the seat and rest your legs up on the seat. It helps open up the spine and gives some relief.

Don't for get to ice your neck when it gets that way in 10 minute stretches. Also, acupuncture really helped me. You might want to try it. Hang in there.

I found the meds only numbed my mind to the pain but they did help thought it was hairy getting off them.

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Look up x-stop < immediately.

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The spinal inversion chair seems to work great for back and neck. At about 300$ it is the best money you can spend. Also -look up LSI- there are a few branches in Colorado and others throughout the USA. They seem to think they have it all worked out. Good luck pretty lady.

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Have you tried chiropractic? That has helped me a lot with my neck problems. A GOOD chiropractor can sometimes help immensely.

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I would also suggest finding a good chiropractic. Taking pain killers only hide the pain for awhile, but chiropractors try to fix the problem not just the symptoms.

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hi....
dont be afraid of seeing a surgeon. not that you will need surgery but just to find out your options. whoever told you about paralysis possibility must have really scare you. before i had my neck fusion i asked my surgeon how many people became paralyzed under his knife. he said that nobody of the 1200 operations he did became paralyzed. he said they have special monitoring equipment that makes it almost impossible to cut a major nerve. the surgeon will tell you your best course of action.......pete

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Thanks for all the replies. Yes I went for several months to a chiro 4 days a week. I did feel better but I have a family and im in school full time so I can no longer do that. I also went to PT 3-5 times a week for several months. I currently get several massages a week also.
With these treatments I have seen SOME relief but not enough.
I did get a new MRI the other day. There has been 14 months since my last one and all my problems have gotten worse. Some of my spinal cord is now pressed flat. Where I didnt have facet issues or stenosis I now have them both. Some of my spinal cord is now deformed where it wasnt last year. During the last year I have gotten much worse yet I have only been going to school full time. Im not working and I am very protective of my neck. Makes me wonder if I can have a productive life in a few years.
Sorry I just am down because of this and I dont see how im getting so much worse so fast when I do everything I can to shield myself from further damage.

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MT,
I am 84 yrs old and have had excruciating pain from 5 vertabrae rubbing bone on bone for about 3 years. Tried injections, had surgery where the Dr trimmed sevral spurs from my spine and cleaned out the nerve channel going into my left leg. That didn't help. I finally went to a pain management specialist. She recommended that I have an implant. Small electrical leads were threaded through my nerves and a tiny electrical genrator (that could be recharded by a remote device outside my body) was connected to these leads. This electricity doesn't cure the pain, but it keeps some of it from reaching the brain so it is not felt. If pain is lowered at least 50% it is considered a success. My pain was lowered at least 60% immediately. Now I hardly feel any pain at all unless there is an extreme weather change. And I can still take a pain pill twice a day as needed. I highly recommend this treatment. The apparatus used on me was from St. Jude's hospital. They will first run a test with the electrical generator outside your body to see if it works. You don't have to go to St. Judes.
Any good pain management Dr. can make the arrangements for you
I have no idea how expensive this is as Medicae and my secondary insurance paid for it. I hope you can try this and hope it helps you. I know what you are going through!

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