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bulging disc in neck

Hi,

I believe the bulging disc is in the C5,6 region and causing continuous pain down my left arm and shoulder.  My lower neck is also continually sore.  I believe the terminology has been 'degenerative disc disease'.  A series of 3 shots have been recommended directly into the affected area and if that does not help then surgery has been suggested.  I have been going to physical therapy and using a device that stretches the neck.  It helps temporarily but the pain always comes back.  I take medication at night to sleep otherwise I'm up every hour.  I guess I'm hoping to find out if there are any specific exercises, and or, equipment I can use that will minimize the pain so I can cope without having to resort to something as serious as surgery.  

Thank you for your help,

Steve
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I too was recommended surgery for a herniated disc in a similar area. Chose not to go for surgery until absolutely neccessary, (ie less invasive treatment no longer works). Had nerve root blocks administered over 3 months ago and experienced great improvement. Sometimes the disc can 'shrink' or 'wall' off' by itself which means the pain lessens or even goes away. Have had many differing professional opinions since my diagnosis back in March this year, but generally I think it is best to try everything before resorting to surgery. I first had an epidural, then botox, but the nerve root block has definately been the best for me, enabling me to return to work and pretty much enjoy life again(was in extreme and constant pain in arm, neck and shoulder before these treatments). Would recommend you get yourself a good pain management consultant. Good luck.
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A TENS unit may help relieve the pain temporarily.
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