Options - Continue chiro, pay for injection?

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Been three months now.

In the UK, so NHS. No xray or MRI to confirm. GP just gives me painkillers. Paid to see a chiropractor myself who think its a problem with C5-C6.

Improvement has been negligible to be honest. Its starting to affect my ability to work (Im self employed so no work = no pay - luckily its office based but I stil have to travel to my clients office)

Waiting list for anything on the NHS is long. So no MRI for near future.

One option is to pay privately for either a cortisteroid or nerve block injection?

So options are be patient and wit for chiro to work, pay for one of the inections, or wait months for NHS?

If I go for injection - which one? How long will it last/work for?

Without an exact xray/MRI before I go there how confident can I be they will inject the right spot? Or will the procedure help confirtm the problem anyway?

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    Hi Paulfoel

    I don't think I would be Having a injection without a mri or X ray even to

    Know the full extent off the damage do you have any tingling or pins and needles

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    Hi,

    Personally, I would stay clear of any manipulation of the cervical spine and no injections neither.

    This could well be problems connected to the spinal cord. The only body contact I had before the cause was known was by a physiotherapist using a simple touch technique, when she touched a certain nerve by my big toe I nearly jumped off the bench. Her response was You have got big problems with your neck, this was confirmed months later after mris, X rays, ct scans and a nerve conductivity tests.

    Until you know what the problem is I would be very wary of any forced movement on the cervical spine.

    Mike.

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    Unfortunately, such is the NHS in the UK. GP wont refer until I've tried painkillers for a few months and it goes away on its own. (thats the guidelines).

    Even if he agrees to refer me the waiting list is probably at least another 3 months on top.

     

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