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Jan 26, 2016 9:37 PM

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!

Jan 26, 2016 11:48 PM

Want, for me it took about 1-2 weeks for the injections to take. I have found that for me, the more I ice it, the better it feels after the injections. I can only use Tylenol Arthritis or plain Advil because pm is still trying to get me over the hump with injections and NOT narcotics.

Jan 27, 2016 7:59 AM

WantAnswersinAR, I'm glad you finally know what you're dealing with. It's typically osteoarthritis (OA) in the spine, but it could be another type. I have it and it's developing in my facet joints, narrowing the spaces. I use Tylenol Arthritis, or Aleve, and Voltaren gel rx.

I went through two years (2012-2014) of injections, twice at each location, three injx each round - 4 to 6 weeks between each injx of the round. In other words 3 injx at the cervical, then thoracic, then lumbar, then sacrum... Then started over again doing the same. The sacrum was the most painful each time, but I iced for 48 hours (on/off 20 min). I also tested 48+ hours, doing nothing unnecessary. I had very good results with all but one injx, and I had to go back sooner for the second one then. It's now 2016 and I just started suffering pain & neuropathies again in the neck thoracic and sacrum areas. The lumbar always hurts from fibro and arthritis. I have to return to the Ortho doc to get more ordered, but I'm worried about the damage to my bones from the steroids. I'm already osteopenic (pre-osteoporosis). And I just found out I have OA in my left hip joint (was totally clear 9 mos ago on X-ray). I've had great results but considering all the bone loss all over my body...? I'm not saying the injx caused my bone loss. Genetics are at play for me; mom was osteoarthritis, brother & sisters bad bones too. Good luck and God bless with good results for you too! Hugs!!! πŸ™‚πŸ™πŸŒΌπŸ’•

Jan 27, 2016 8:32 AM

Years ago when I was bed bound because of back pain. No one could touch me and I couldn't even lift newborn grandson, I underwent a series of three epidural injections. The first one did nothing, the second provided some relief. But oh my, the third one was great. My grandson is going to be 17 in May and Ineed another series.

Jan 27, 2016 9:05 AM

Donamel, that's how mine did. And the doc explained that's the typical way. I forgot that... Thanks for your post! πŸ™‚πŸ™πŸŒΌπŸ’•

Jan 27, 2016 9:06 AM

BTW, I oppose you do as well this next round. Hugs!! πŸ™‚πŸ™πŸŒΌπŸ’•

Jan 27, 2016 10:22 AM

Donamel, I'm also probably due for at least another set of si injections. Not that I want to, cause those bad boys hurt like hell, but the sacroilitis is starting to become a damn nuisance again at this point.

Jan 27, 2016 1:17 PM

16 years of decent relief isn't bad. Have I had bad periods? Yes, but haven't been bed bound by back no more than a week or two. Am certainly ready for the next round because of what the knee replacement surgery is going to do with the back. It's already hurting. Wonder if I can get an epidural for my feet??? Last time I had to fuse some toe joints. Guess that's not a bad idea. If so, maybe we can work on the hips. No, just wishful thinking cause nothing helps the hips.

Jan 27, 2016 4:38 PM

I have OA and fibro, just started Diclofen for the OA today. Anyone heard of it?

Jan 27, 2016 6:55 PM

It's commonly known over here( UK) as Diclofenac, it's a nonsteroidal anti inflammatory, I used to take the slow release version for a few years about 10-12 years ago- really bad for your stomach I found!

Jan 27, 2016 6:57 PM

Thanks. I'd better be careful, stomach lining bleeding nearly killed me in 06. Did you get good relief?

Jan 27, 2016 7:01 PM

For a while it was helpful but I was in a better stage at that time(I'm now quadriplegic), my body got used to it very quickly,I was always advised to take with or after food, because of its reputation on stomachs

Jan 27, 2016 7:14 PM

So sorry to hear that you are a quadriplegic, but also honored to know that you aren't letting it control who you are.

When it comes to diseases, it is hard for the doctors to sometimes get a clear diagnosis because most of us have so many issues. While I feel for both doctors and patients, medical schools need to educate more diagnosticians. It would help us all.

Jan 27, 2016 10:06 PM

Thank you for sharing what you've learned. I hope to see your future contributions.

Jan 27, 2016 10:21 PM

To answer your question about the possible growth of a cyst, you needed to ask yourself if you really want to hear my horror story. But the short answer is heck yes. My recent experience is growth from a cyst to a benign bone tumor. I'll only share the other experience I'd you want to hear it.

Jan 28, 2016 3:54 AM

I also had diclofenac now I have napraxon no known issues with this apart from having it with food . I also have omeprazole in the morning to help reduce stomach acid for taking morning tablets without eating .

Jan 29, 2016 8:59 AM

Donamel I am interested in hearing your story, if u don't mind?

Jan 29, 2016 9:01 AM

I don't mind. It's just a bad morning. Let me know what you need and if necessary, I'll get it to you in spurs throughout the day. Hope your morning is going better than mine.

Jan 29, 2016 9:02 AM

Update: I went to the Ortho Hand Specialist yesterday. There's a bone spur plus I have something that starts with a T that I can't pronounce. He sits it's basically like Tendonitis. He said I could do injections for temp relief but it's a constant pain so I chose surgery scheduled next Wednesday. It's supposed to be an easy and quick surgery and over 90% success rate.

Jan 29, 2016 9:03 AM

Spurts not spurs.

Jan 29, 2016 9:47 AM

I'm glad they found out what's going on with your hand. Must be painful but glad they know what it is and it's cure.

Jan 29, 2016 2:11 PM

Bone spurs can be very painful. Years ago, I had a cyst that was located outside the back of the womb. They did not have sophisticated diagnostic machine at that time. So, I had to have a laparotomy Because I was in so much pain It felt like something was yanking my organs. Naturally, the doctor thought that the pain was all in my head. Another doctor did the surgery and found a cyst about the size of a grapefruit. It had grown a tentacle and stalk. well, the tentacle had wrapped itself around one of my fallopian tube and would pull, causing excruciating pain. that will give you an idea as to what one can do. Naturally, this cyst and fallopian tube were removed. The pain that was in my head was finally gone! By the way, six months later I was pregnant with my youngest daughter. While I was pregnant with her, the sarcoidosis manifested itself.

Jan 29, 2016 3:31 PM

I'm glad you were able to have a miracle baby after all of that! So sorry you went through that! I can only imagine, mine is painful enough and people not knowing why I'm in so much pain at such a young age is discouraging enough!

Jan 29, 2016 9:39 PM

It is discouraging and even more so when doctors tell you that the pain isn't real, that it's all in your head. That baby is now 40 years old and is my sweetheart. So glad that I only had to have only one ovary and tube removed.

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