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Ongoing pain in neck and trapped nerve. After having a mri and xray it has been confirmed bulging disc between c5 c6. Surgery next option?

Ongoing pain in neck and trapped nerve. After having a mri and xray it has been confirmed bulging disc between c5 c6. Surgery next option?

Cervical spine surge: Surgery should be your last option. More than 90% of damaged discs heal by themselves over time. For ongoing nerve pain and neck pain, you should get a cervical epidural steroid injection done by a qualified and experienced pain physician under x-ray guidance. Also start physical therapy as soon as you can to relieve muscular spasm. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Bulging Disk (Definition)

Wear and tear can cause degeneration in the vertebral column, and cause discs to deteriorate. The supportive basket, nucleus fibrosis develops small tears. A bulge is minimal perhaps a few millimeters, and is clinically insignificant, but additional disc displacement such as protrusion or herniation may compress ...Read more


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Got a MRI of head and cspine due to imbalanced issues. Came back with bulging disk c5-c6 can this be causing the neck pain and imbalanced issues?

Got a MRI of head and cspine due to imbalanced issues. Came back with bulging disk c5-c6 can this be causing the neck pain and imbalanced issues?

Yes and No: A bulging disk is an anatomical term. If the disk is compressing the spinal cord or nerve roots it can cause pain, neurologic symptoms including balance impairments. If the disk is bulging and not compressing any neural elements it can cause pain but usually no neuro symptoms. An expert neuro exam and carefull review of the images will need to be conducted by your dr. To determine the relevance. ...Read more

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The symptoms in my neck are burning and pins and needles. At times it is unbearable. I do have a disk bulge at C5 C6 I also have numb in the hand help?

The symptoms in my neck are burning and pins and needles. At times it is unbearable. I do have a disk bulge at C5 C6 I also have numb in the hand help?

Nerve Compression: What you are describing is nerve compression. The numbness in the hand is usually due to a nerve root compression (c-6). The burning and pin/needles is also due to the compressed nerve. Need to see your doctor and get treatment. Usually it is a combination of medications. ...Read more

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If I have a bulging c5/c6 disc in my neck would it be putting pressure on my nerves?

If I have a bulging c5/c6 disc in my neck would it be putting pressure on my nerves?

SEE A PAIN DOC: A disc is bulging because it loses elasticity - like a waistband in your underwear. When it loses elasticity it no longer stays nice and tight and snug like it used to be. If it bulges enough it can get close to the nerve and irritate it. The inflammation and irritation can cause pain in the neck or shoulder blade as well as pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in your arm. ...Read more

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Bulging disc at C6 C7 - disc dessication @c5 C6 diagnosed by MRI still in constant pain and spasm, how long to heal?

Bulging disc at C6 C7 - disc dessication @c5 C6 diagnosed by MRI still in constant pain and spasm, how long to heal?

Variable: Bulging discs are almost always normal at your age - they are a normal part of aging. Conservative treatment usually does well for treatment of neck pain (especially if you've had trauma, such as a car accident) - including physical therapy, progressive activity, and anti-inflammatory medications. Further treatment, if necessary, can include spinal injections. Talk to your physician. ...Read more

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What to do if I have c5-c6-c7 disc prolapse and neck is so stiff, also a disc bulge in l4-l5 l5-s1 levels, I am from india?

What to do if I have c5-c6-c7 disc prolapse and neck is so stiff, also a disc bulge in l4-l5 l5-s1 levels, I am from india?

Stretch and Exercise: At your age, I would suggest stretching out and working in strengthening your cores muscles. Take some anti-inflammatories around the clock for the next few days. If you do not improve after a few days, I would consider evaluation by your doctor for further testing and treatment options like epidural steroid injections. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have c5-c6-c7 disc prolapse and neck is so stiff, also a disc bulge in l4-l5 l5-s1 levels, I am from india?

What should I do if I have c5-c6-c7 disc prolapse and neck is so stiff, also a disc bulge in l4-l5 l5-s1 levels, I am from india?

Bulging discs: Bulging, or herniated discs, typically resorb over time. Treatment varies based on the severity of pain and whether you have any neurologic deficit. Treatment can consist of physical therapy and medications or possibly epidural steroid injections or discectomy for very severe pain. ...Read more

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Should I have a breast reduction due to c5/c6 bulging disc pain and back pain, even though my BMI is 35.5?

Should I have a breast reduction due to c5/c6 bulging disc pain and back pain, even though my BMI is 35.5?

Depends on size: Of your breasts, but breast reduction surgery will have little direct effect on your disc bulge at that level. It might help indirectly, in that your bra strap might be impinging on nerves that exit the spinal canal at that level. Ask a neurologist for a definitive opinion on the likelihood the operation would help your neck/back pain. ...Read more

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I have right shoulder blade pain with these via neck MRI. C5-C6 left paracentral broad-based disc bulge causing no stenosis. C6-C7 broad-based disc bulge causing no stenosis. Related? Thanks-

I have right shoulder blade pain with these via neck MRI. C5-C6 left paracentral broad-based disc bulge causing no stenosis. C6-C7 broad-based disc bulge causing no stenosis. Related? Thanks-

Your pain: Is in the "pattern" or distribution of the C6-C7 nerves exiting at that level HOWEVER disc "BULGES" are NORMAL findings!!!!! Look to another reason for your should blade pain. Eg: SUBSCAPULARIS strain/sprain (the muscle UNDER the shoulder blade which helps your shoulder move.
Hope this is helpful!
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I have a bulging disc at c5/c6 with radiating pain left upper arm/forearm could this also cause referred pain to thoracic facet joint area? .

Dermatome: The c5, C6 and t1 share same motor and sensory dermatome that is responsible for upper extremities hence can have pain in upper extremities and uppermostchest and back. ...Read more

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I have a bulging disk at C5 C6 I also have numbness in my hand what fingers are involved for that location for a disk compression? Can it happen?

C5 and C6: Can affect the forearm (c5) and then the thumb, index and middle fingers (c6) might be involved. If the compression is really bad it can affect all the fingers as well. ...Read more

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Fell 10 ft, no neck or arm pain prior, now pain and numbness, 1st mri- c5-c6 bulge with spur, 2nd mri- c5-c6 bulge no spur, do I need a 3rd mri?

Not necessarily: Unless your doctor deems one of the 2 MRIs of bad quality and that could the the reason why you see something on one but not the other then (and I cannot see either MRI) it is likely that the "spur" is not very bad. I would think you would possibly benefit more from a simple flexion/extension and oblique X-rays than a repeat MRI and a good exam to assess if your symptoms go along with C5/6 ...Read more

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I have a disc buldge in my neck c4, c5, c6. I am in intence discomfort for the last 3 years. I tried out all treatments nothing worked out. Please help?

I have a disc buldge in my neck c4, c5, c6. I am in intence discomfort for the last 3 years. I tried out all treatments nothing worked out. Please help?

See below.: If you are having arm symptoms including pain, weakness, and numbness you may be a candidate for an injection. Physical therapy can also be beneficial especially for neck pain. As a last resort, surgery can be beneficial for some patients especially if nerves are being compressed. I would consult with a spine specialist to discuss your specific case. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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C5 (Definition)

C5 refers to the fifth vertebra in the neck. The first vertebra is at the base of the skull, so the fifth is in the middle of the neck. Injuries to the spinal cord above this level impair the ...Read more