I have this as confirmed by x-rays. Its causing me left arm pain and numbness. I cannot get comfortable.
Has anyone had this and what did you do about it. I had one visit with a chiropractor. Will give him a week then go to the ER.
I'm holding on as best I can. Thanks for the advice.
Read my siggy...trust me I know the pain. except mine is lumbar. 5 years ago my L5/S1 herniated...then my L4/L5... epidural injections did wonders for about 4 years. Then one day I was doing a warm up set, just the bar, and felt it go.
found myself in the ER loaded up on 4mg diladid...with 2mg, I passed out when they tried to roll me over.
turns out my L5/S1, L4/L5 completely collapsed onto one another, no space left, I started with 17mm of disc space, I was down to bone on bone. Then my L5 slide forward into my spinal colum. Legs were completely numb, thought I was going to be paralyzed.
They ended up doing a experimental surgery..using a 6 inch threaded rod drilled up thru the center of my spine, the threads were used in order to restore disc height, then they put 5 more screws in to hold everything in place while it fused.
6 months later, its now completely fused, but the pedicle screws are tearing thru my low back muscles, causing blood to pool and clot. so now I get to go back in on january 9 to remove some screws...joy joy.
**best thing you can do is go get a MRI, as with xrays you can not confirm or deny herniated disc. All xrays can do is see the bone, not the disc.... so really you dont know anything untill MRI is done. Once that done, if its simply compressed...some spinal decompression therapy , with a spinal epidural to take care of the numbness and you will be just fine. Its only a 6 inch needle going into your spine, no biggie. I had 14 of them before surgery.