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Lots of neck problems!

edited 06/11/2012 - 8:53 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
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  • Sorry I can't help much other than to say welcome back and I hope someone who has more experience than me will give you some good advice.

    I am new to cervical problems (or newly diagnosed anyway). I will be interested to hear what others say as I also have C3/4 and C4/5 compression on my cord. I also get frequent headaches and have the tingling/crawling feeling on either side of my face in front of my ears.

    Did you find that your surgery gave you relief?

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  • I never heard of fluoroscopic injections which you mentioned. I used epidural injections for years for help with cervical related pain. It stopped working. I recently had ACDF 4 level surgery because of pinching of the spinal chord.

    I am glad you have confidence in your NS. It really helps when you're in good hands.

    KarenD
    KarenD
    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
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  • Hi Charlie,

    If I was in your shoes and there is no risk of paralysis I would most definitely being trying all conservative approaches to include injections. I have seen members come here and utilize conservative therapy and it worked for them and they are out living busy everyday life. If they don't work you can always do surgery later, but I would give it a shot. I am a 4 level fusion myself and there isn't much movement or rotation. Keep in mind surgery doesn't always fix the pain either. It sounds as though you trust and respect your surgeon so I would go with the treatment he/she is prescribing for you.
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  • Welcome back. I'm also having problems above my cervical fusion and because I had a 3-lvl at C4-7, the problems are pretty high up at C2/3 and 3/4. Surgery is absolutely a last resort for both me and my surgeon, so he'd like to do injections also.

    I can't afford them at the moment, but will widdle down my deductible throughout this year (with additional problems in my lumbar as well) and hopefully be able to afford injections at the end of the year as well as a MRI on my lumbar to see what's happening there.

    It's just too difficult to even fathom having more surgery at those upper levels, knowing it'll have to be posterior and a long recovery, not to mention what it will do to my cervical spine once the surgical part is healed.

    So I'm anxious to hear if you have any success with injections if you decide to have them. I'll have to be on my death bed to have more cervical surgery and that's a long, long ways away.

    Good luck and please do keep us posted.
    Cathie

  • I am also interested in this questions.

    I suppose that if they reduce the inflamation then they could help, perhaps even in a case like mine, where there is a disc compressing the cord.

    I have been referred to pain management, but there is no way I will have epidural injections into my neck before I get a chance to talk to someone about what they hope to achieve and what the risks are. I have a small spinal canal so things are pretty tight in my neck. If they are only hoping to gain some pain control for me, then I will pass. I am managing my pain and headaches fairly well myself.

    I'll be watching your story Charlie, to see how you get on. Do you have a date for epidural injections?

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