Bulging disc c2-7, bone spurs and annular tear -

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I have swelling at the very top of my back below my neck. I have pain going down my right arm and in my shoulder blades. I've had neck problems before, but not to this extent of pain. I've had 4 nerve blocks/epidural blocks since July. Has anyone experienced this? I'm on muscle relaxers and pain meds.

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    This is exactly how I was in February last year. My pain started in my shoulder as a niggle. Little did I know what was going to happen. The pain got so bad, it involved my left arm and horrific pain in my shoulder blades. I have benn for numerous mri scans. The discs invoked are c3/4 c4/5 c5/6 and c7. These are all bulging discs due to an unusual curve in my neck. I am now waiting to go for a ct scan. I am taking gabapentin, naproxen, solpadol and amitriptyline.
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    Tiffany,

               I am sorry to hear of your trouble,the only associated pain I have had was in the nineties,I started with shooting pains down each arm and the doctor gave me pain killers which only killed the pain for so long.He eventually sent me to see a retired consultant who was working as a private practice,he diagnosed a slipped disk in my neck,he got round the back of me,I was seated,and gripped my head and lifted sharply and twisted,there was a loud click and the job was done,a slipped disc in my neck.

      Ever since my neck has been fine.

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      Dear Tiffany

      I can relate absolutely to what you are going through. I had 3 degenerating discs in my neck and after two years of injections, nerve root blocks and seeing every therapist under the sun, I finally had surgery 6 weeks ago! The surgeon said that the bone spurs had grown so large that, had he left them much longer, I would have lost the use of my left arm! It's quality of life, and mine was severely affected.  I am slowly recovering from the operation, and in my case it really was a last resort, but the only thing left for me to try!

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      Hi Benggo

      There's a world of difference between a slipped disc and spinal degeneration due to cervical spondylosis....which is what these posts are about.  I wouldn't advise any bone cracking for anyone with C/S...it's much too risky.  Glad you got over your slipped disc,  but it's really not relevant to the posts here which are referring to the C/S condition only.

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      I was just relating to trouble I have had in the past,I too have C/S which I had started with 20 years after the event of the slipped disc.

        As you seem to be "policing"these posts,should I consider myself repremanded for what I originaly entered.

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      I just think it's appropriate that,  when replying to someone who has enquired about C/S,  any responses should be sensitive to that issue,  rather than confusing the issue with references to unrelated treatments.  Perhaps you could start a separate 'slipped disc' thread to discuss your experiences.
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    Bone spur on a nerve that is causing the swelling, numbness & pain. Surgery is scheduled for Thursday.
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