i just wondering if anyone might could help me in giving some advice, history of same, etc...i am just wondering if a small disc herniation at the c6-c7 level would cause significant pain...my spine doctor gave me the diagnoses of disc degeneration and herniated disc at the level stated..i have really bad aching in my arms sometimes, terrible burning pain around my shoulder blade...have pain in alot of areas due to the neck...what i am concerned with is that i am not going to be taken that seriously as it has been stated to me that it is a small protrusion and not really that bad...why do i feel the pain so bad? my spine doctor in the beginning had given me norco 10/325 for the pain...so why would they have given me this if they did not think my problem required it? after doing all they could do and saying that i am not a surgery candidate then they are referring me to a pain management doctor...i have been really uncomfortable since waiting to get in to see this pain doctor..the previous doctor told me no more medication as that is their policy...i have been so uncomfortable and have to keep up with my 6 yr old and 9 month old....what i am wondering is that i am thinking they will be thinking i am magnifying this too much but i really do have bad pain...would a small protrusion and even though they say it is not that bad still cause alot of pain? i am just thinking they are going to turn me away saying my case is not bad at all...but i have put up with this a looong time and it is just that it is getting worse with time...any insight would be greatly appreciated!! thanks
Go back to the Dr. and complain. Get a referral to another Dr. Do not accept one Dr's diagnosis. You may need a MRI for a proper explanation of what is happening.
Try this thread.
"Sometimes you just have to sour the milk."
I read your entire post you need to improve the blood and nerve supply to muscles to help strengthen weakened muscles. Exercises for neck pain will fail to help if the blood or nerve supply is compromised.If the joints are tight, if muscles are in spasm, inflammation in the neck is common.
Sorry to hear that your in so much pain. The c6/7 vertebrae are at a critical area in the spine and body for postural compensations and defects. Without being able to see your body its had to judge what could be going on structurally. although its stated to be a "small disc herniation", there could be other things going on that are stressing and over loading the effected area. Try standing in front of a mirror in your underwear and observe your body. Now start to look for obvious differences. does my head tilt to one side? is one shoulder significantly higher than the other? is the middle of my chest over the centre of my pubic area? (torso twisted) Do my hips and pelvis lean to one side. Now turn side on and look again in the mirror. Do my shoulders look like they are bent forward? Is my head well forward of my shoulders? Does the curve in the small of my back appear very deep? Does my back appear flat or curved? all of these signs will indicate if there are also postural problems helping to aggravate the c6/7 issue.
your original post was way back in 2007, so this problem is hopefully resolved. Best of luck.
David Wall www.davidwallmassage.com.au
It can be caused by different factors like strains when you overuse your muscles or a major trauma. If you have a severe neck pain and you cannot handle it, seek medical attention immediately to stop further complication.
Thought i'd give some insight incase anyone else is suffering from similar issues. A small cervical disc bulge or disc herniation at the C6/7 level can definitely cause significant pain in the neck that occasionally may radiate into the upper back, shoulder, arm, forearm or hand. And in some cases pins and needles or numbness may be present. For detailed info on these injuries including treatment, check out the above link.
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