It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Spinal Cord Disorders Message Board


Spinal Cord Disorders Board Index


Re: Mri-c5-6
May 16, 2004
[QUOTE=WICHRIS]Hi everyone-I was hoping someone could help me understand the results of
my MRI. I started having terrible pain at the base of my neck that radiates
out to my shoulder blades and then down my spine- the fingers on my left
hand are sometimes numb and recently sometimes I drop things with my left
hand.My PCP ordered an MRI last week and called me 3 hours later and said
the disk at C5-6 was pushing on my spinal cord ( the radiology tech said I
wouldnt have the results for 2 to 4 days ! ) My PCP then called and had me
make an appt. ASAP with the Physiatrist for an EMG test and pain management and in his words to see what she suggests as further treatment.
I am currently on Neurontin,Flexeril and Vicodin 5/500 ( 2 x day ).The last couple of days though the pain has been so bad I was going to call tomorrow
to see if I could take the Vicodin 3 x day. I guess I am just really scared about this and dont know what to expect.Now I have to wait 2 weeks because the Physiatrist is on vacation until then ! What type of treatment
do they use for this condition ?-Surgery?? This started about 2 months ago and seems to get
worse everyday-has anyone had to use pain meds like Vicodin for this problem? I truly appreciate any help,replies or suggestions as I am really
nervous about this whole thing...

Thanks-Chris[/QUOTE]

Hi There, As far as your vicodin question, with the pain you are having i am surprised at the low dose the doc has you on. With the strength of vicodin you are on it is safe and commonly prescribed to take 2 vicodins every 4 to 6 hours. If you should be put on that dose with the pain you are having you could probably manage your pain much better should you take the med on time every 4 or 6 hours and not wait until the pain is unbearable. If you dont wish to take that many vicodins there is a higher dose vic that your doc could prescribe for you to take 1 three times a day or even 1 tab every 4 to 6 hours. There is alot of pain medication options, you should sit down and have a good conversation with your doc about your pain level and what type of pain management would suit you best, but please remember, until you get this whole thing straightened out, you dont have to suffer everyday with severe pain! I know where you are coming from and i really feel bad for you. If i can answer more questions i would be more than happy too! I just had ACDF of C4-5 and 5-6 with double titanium cages put in. I had the same pain you are describing, unfortunately my pain has not went away after surgery. My best friend also was just diagnosed with herniation of C6-7 with the spinal cord involved just like you, so she is just getting started with this whole mess and treatment. I am just glad i guess for her that i have already been through it so i can tell her what to expect and explain to her what she is feeling. Sorry this post is so long, guess i just got carried away!!!! lol I wish you the best of luck, Hurdy
Re: Mri-c5-6
May 24, 2004
Hey Hurdy I just thought I would check in and see how your post op is going..
Is the pain getting any better ? I am sure you are getting pretty tired of dealing with it day to day but hopefully you can see some light at the end of the tunnel..How are things going with your friend-has she seen your NS yet?
As for me, I finally caved in and turned my medical paperwork in to temporarily
reduce the amount of hours I work every week.I looked at the results of the MRI my PCP listed and he said Moderate,Diffuse disk protrusion at C5,6-I am not sure clinically what that entails...However, I am having a hard time believing that the pain at the base of my neck & shoulders can be this bad and also that this has caused the numbness in my hand & fingers at times..I do however seem to have lost some dexterity in this hand because I frequently drop things with it. My next appt. is in a week with the Physiatrist to do EMG test and pain management and whatever else is deemed appropriate..Take Care and better tomorrows !

Chris
Re: Mri-c5-6
May 25, 2004
[QUOTE=WICHRIS]Hey Hurdy I just thought I would check in and see how your post op is going..
Is the pain getting any better ? I am sure you are getting pretty tired of dealing with it day to day but hopefully you can see some light at the end of the tunnel..How are things going with your friend-has she seen your NS yet?
As for me, I finally caved in and turned my medical paperwork in to temporarily
reduce the amount of hours I work every week.I looked at the results of the MRI my PCP listed and he said Moderate,Diffuse disk protrusion at C5,6-I am not sure clinically what that entails...However, I am having a hard time believing that the pain at the base of my neck & shoulders can be this bad and also that this has caused the numbness in my hand & fingers at times..I do however seem to have lost some dexterity in this hand because I frequently drop things with it. My next appt. is in a week with the Physiatrist to do EMG test and pain management and whatever else is deemed appropriate..Take Care and better tomorrows !

Chris[/QUOTE]

Hi Chris, Well i was 7 weeks post op yesterday and still am no better. Still having alot of pain. I decided that it probably wont get any better so i am going to have to deal with it! As far as my friend she is still just as miserable as ever. No, she has not seen my NS yet. She will see him on the 11th of June. As far as your dx. of moderate diffuse disk protrusion.... I will try to explain.... as a health care professional you know what moderate means, the diffuse is " widely spread ", now as far as the protrusion..... There are 4 stages of disc herniation: Bulging, Protrusion, Extrusion and Sequestration. With the Bulging and Protrusion the annular ring that encircles around the outside edge of the disc ( outer wall ) is still intact whereas extrusion and sequestration it is disrupted or ( broke open ). So with you having a disc protusion the disc is pushing out of the disc space and taking up the room and pushing on the many nerves that come from the spinal cord and normally pass freely by the disc. This is the reason for the pain and the weakness in your arm and hand. So they say that the disc protusion or a herniation itself isnt painful, it is the pushing and pinching off the nerve that causes all the pain. I hope that i have been of some help explaining it to you, it was the right thing to do to turn in your papers to cut down your hours. I know how painful this dx is, i am actually surprised that you can even work at all. Please take care of yourself! Hurdy





All times are GMT -7. The time now is 10:51 AM.





© 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!