So I had lumbar and cervical MRIS without contrast done earlier this month. He found I have a cervical herniated disc. I also have arthritis in lower back and a cyst on right side of lower back. I also have early neuropathy. I will be seeing an Ortho hand specialist on Thursday for my wrist pain.
I am getting lumbar and cervical injections for now. I opted to get my first cervical injection this morning. I'm still numb to the touch around where the injection was but the pain keeps coming and going. When it's gone, I feel complete relief, at least in that area. I know most of you have had injections. I also know they don't always work for long. If it worked for you, about how long did it take for you to notice a difference?
Also, he said the back surgery wouldn't be too helpful since it wouldn't get rid of the arthritis. What pain relievers (meds, PT, etc) do you use for arthritis? Is there a specific name for arthritis in the back?
Is it possible the cyst can grow in size?
He did also say cervic add link surgery could help but I'd like that to be my last resort. Have any of you had better luck with surgery or injections or anything else?
I didn't expect to actually find all these issues so I wasn't prepared with any questions. Thanks in advance!