degenerative disk disease and fluid retention... help
lionbaby73 posted:
Hello. I was dx'd with cervical & lumbar degenerative disk disease about 4 years ago. I had a set of 3 injection treatments on my neck and a lumbar laminectomy about 2 years ago. I didn't get any relief after surgery so I was treated with pain killers and muscle relaxers after surgery. Well I haven't been treated again for over a year due to insurance issues. Anyways, a few weeks ago I took a 20 minute walk and it affected me in a serious way. I was in bed unable to get up or be on my get for too long the pain had been unbearable and for the last 2 weeks I've noticed there's swelling and what it seems to be some fluid retention surrounding my cervical spine. It's very painful and sometimes it gets really hot, intensifying the pain. My arms get numb, I feel things in places that I don't think it's normal and my sciatic nerve is causing me severe pain. My family doesn't understand the severity of the pain I'm experiencing. I'm concerned about the fluid retention and I'm a little hesitant on returning to the chiropractor in fear that I might need surgery again. What could this fluid be? I will go see the doctor I just want some opinions.
bj1208 responded:
Hi and welcome to the support group -

we are lay people who suffer from chronic pains.

Under the guidelines of WEBMD we cannot diagnose anyone. WEBMD used to have several spine specialists that would frequent the boards to help with questions but they have not been on here for over a year now.

As it is with your spine issues I would stop completely from going to the chiropractor until you have been diagnosed by a spine specialist (Orthopedic or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist) as they (physical therapist and/or chiropractor) can do more harm than good not knowing if the treatments are the correct ones.

It would be in your best interest to make this appointment ASAP and get a current MRI or CT Scan done (they will request one) so that they can properly diagnose what is going on.

If this is hurting and gets worse it would be a good idea to go to the ER.

Please keep us posted what you find out.
~~ Click on my name or picture and read my story ~~
~~ Joy ~~