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Hi. I have recently been diagnosed with a bulged disc in the neck and cervical spinal stenosis . I am having awful pain constantly with tense muscle from left to right(more so on the left hand side where the disc is bulging) I also have awful pain in my shoulder. Which radiates down my arm to my hand thumb and fingers.I take gabapenthen 400mg 3 times a day. I was taking naproxin but the stomach cramps and heartburn was more painful than the muscular problems.It's been 5 months since I felt pain. I have had PT 4 times and nothing has helped it' getting more painful. Just wanted to hear off anyone else who is going through a similar problem.. thanks



  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 3,437

    Welcome to Spine-Health

    During these past 5 months, what is your doctor saying? Have you talked to him about what options you might have or what is his plan for you? Something else you might want to think about is a second opinion.

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  • Have you been seeing a doctor for these last five months? If so, you better try for a second opinion or a completely different doctor. You might need to see a neurosurgeon for possible cervical surgery. Please let us know how you are doing.

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  • Danica, I too struggled with the anti inflammatory meds as I have a history with a sensitive stomach. I have to take Prilosec before taking any of those meds, even norcos. This is why I prefer the Tramadol. It does not completely get rid of the pain, but it makes it manageable and does not affect my tummy at all. We are all a little different.

    I had similar symptoms as you and also did everything I could to avoid surgery. Unfortunately I did need surgery to get the symptoms under control. I would give PT a little more time and really do your best to listen to their direction if you want to avoid surgery. I think I tried 12 sessions. I had awesome PTs, but it just wasn’t enough for me. But five months is a long time to be in this pain so second and third opinions may be the best route to take. If PT makes it worse then talk to your doc about that too.

    Keep us all posted.

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