Skip to content
Includes Expert Content
msech6 posted:
Hi I am new to this community but I am sure glad itis available. OK so here is my problem I had been diagnosed six months ago w/ about 4 cervical protruding discs and 4 bulging and protrusions in the thoracic area some of which have bone spurs. Yesterday was the first time I had seen a copy of MRI and it was worse than what my doc actually told me six months ago. At that time she wanted to stick me on gabapentin and nuerotin but I declined to take it.Long story short I have handled my pain for all this time w/ ibuphrophen and I have still done the activities I always have. A month ago I started having left sided pain abdominal pain and radiating pain. I have been to two diff docs(GI and GYN) nothing. Well the pain turned into debilatating pain all in my back dowm my legs and arms. They are sending me for another MRI to see if my lumbar region is affected now. Tingling in hands as well, multitude of symptons any help out there?
dianer01 responded:
Hi msech6,

I am sorry to hear your pain has become so bad. What kind of doctor are you seeing at this point? If you are still seeing a primary care doc, ordering the mri is a good thing but probably worth geting a referal to a spine specialist. You will find neurologists and orthopedists who specialize in spine issues and have had a lot of specialized training.

let us know the results

Ari Ben-Yishay, MD responded:
sounds like you are seeing doctors, getting additional MRI's etc. The abdominal and radiating pain may be from the thoracic disc herniations. See an orthopaedic spine surgeon with all your MRI's for a careful evaluation.
Dr. Ben-Yishay

Helpful Tips

Snake Venom for Pain
By Jon Bardin October 3, 2012, 12:52 p.m. Nobody wants to be bitten by a black mamba. One of the most dangerous snakes in the world, its ... More
Was this Helpful?
1 of 7 found this helpful

Related Drug Reviews

  • Drug Name User Reviews

Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For more information, visit the Duke Health Spine Center