herniated disk c3 and c4

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by paige51, Aug 15, 2005.

  1. paige51

    paige51 New Member

    Just found out today that I have two herniated disks in my neck, c3 and c4. does anyone know the treatment used for this? The appointment is being made to see the neurosurgeon.

    Was having sharp pains in my head and arms. it has been unbearable.

    Had back surgery in 2003.

    Thanks,
    Paige51
  2. catgal

    catgal New Member

    Hi Paige51~~Among all my other illnesses, I have severe, aggressive degenerative disc disease. From my entire neck area all the way down my spine. After getting 6 opinions, the specialists all said the very same thing--that I was "inoperable". And even with high-powered pain meds and muscle relaxers.....sometimes the pain is so horrendous all I can do is suffer or go get morphine injections all over my neck & spine area.

    However, since you had back surgery in 2003, it is likely they will try a few uninvasive procedures first--and as a last resort perform surgery.

    I well imagine you know all the usual stuff like hot/cold packs, massage, meds, soaking in a tub, cream ointments, etc.

    However, I have done acupuncture from time to time, and that was painless (and I am terrified of needles)but it helped me more than anything else.

    Hope you get relief. I know how miserable it all is. I lived with it for years now. Blessings, Carol....
  3. brit_17759

    brit_17759 New Member

    I have herniated discs from C2-C7 caused through degenerative disc disease. Saw a neurosurgeon in June. He refused to operate as, in his opinion, there was no evidence of nerve root compression. He said all the pain and numbness down my arms, face and pain etc was due to the FM. so I really wouldn't benefit from surgery at this stage. But am considering getting a second opinion.

    Hope all goes well for you.
    brit
  4. PITATOO

    PITATOO Member

    I am doing PT and it helps a little. I am trying to avoid surgery as long as I can. I am trying to build muscle in the area. The cervical spine is a different story. Be very careful. I know they can remove the disk and fuse and there are also artificial disks now that give you full movement but I am not sure of the availability. Try chiro, massage therapy, physical therapy, traction. I know it hurts, I have OA in the Cervical spine. I have had neck problems ever since I was a teenager; weightlifting. They have come a long way with surger on the spine so it is fairly safe. I have only researched on the lumbar because that is where mine is. Reseaerch as much as you can. But you have already been through surgery; so ??? Good luck and fibrohugs and hope the pain subsides. Also I take B12 injections and it helps with the tingling and numbness in my arms because of my neck and also B6. May want to try it.