Prolapsed discs on c5-c6, c6-c7, very depressed :(

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Prolapsed discs on c5-c6, c6-c7, very depressed :(

Post by Sonata » Thu Nov 08, 2007 3:01 am

Hi to all

I am a 39 year old female.

I have been having occasional pain on my left arm and shoulder blade area since 2004. I have been playing golf and tennis regularly since 2004 and took advanced yoga classes which might have caused the problem. It was never too bad. I had 4 episodes the last 3 years which went away with rest and medication. 5 weeks ago the feeling returned without any pain but mild pins and needles feeling on my left arm. I waited it out until last week. We did an MRI and found out that I have 2 prolapsed discs on positions c5-c6 (to the right), c6-c7 (to the left) and mild bone spurs. The tingling feeling on my left arm comes from c6-c7. it looks more popped out than the other disc. My mri report says that it is not yet touching the spinal cord. Never had symptoms on my right arm and I still don't. Like I said I do not have pain but slight pins and needles feeling on the left arm. I have started medication and rest 6 days ago (no rehab), the feeling is still there. Very mild.

I am wondering if I am qualified to do the exercises in Dean's book. He says it works with herniated discs..I am not sure if prolapsed disc is the same thing.

Could someone please help me? I am so desperate. One neurosurgen offered surgery by fusion, saying that considering I am still too young this will not keep me going like this too long. The other surgeon said wait..your symptoms are too little considering your mri is bad.

Is there a chance for prolapsed discs to go back as well?

Please help..

Thank you so much in advance


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Post by Dean » Thu Nov 08, 2007 1:09 pm

Hi Sonata,

Yes, a prolapsed disc is essentially the same thing as a herniated disc. You should get good results from the exercises in Rebuild Your Neck, providing your physician agrees that you're ready to start a physical therapy program.

Always get their approval before starting any exercise program. They are in a better position to evaluate your situation than we are here in a forum.


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