I have a slight to moderate herniated/ruptured disc at C5/C6 mostly to the left. Along with it I have mild to moderate osteoarthritis, bone spur growth, and a hypertrophic impingement of the nerve hole in the same spot all on the left side of the joing on C5/C6.
I've had MRI and Xrays to confirm it to be mild to moderate. My Neurologist believes it isn't anything for surgery.
I've been suffering for about a year now since it ruptured.
My question is, is stiffness and pain in the lower back of the head where the skull connects to the neck, the back of the neck, and the left side of my neck, especially upon waking in the morning a normal symptom of a neck problem?
It seems to have gotten worse in the past couple of days, and the pain goes on the sides or top of my head as well.
My neurologist says my headaches/head pains aren't due to my neck, but I didn't start having them till right around when I noticed my neck was having problems. I've had an MRI etc for the brain that has come back normal.
I am on Soma 1/2 350mg 3 times a day, tylenol w/codiene once two twice a day, lexapro 10 mg, cymbalta 30 mg, klonopin 1/2 3 times and .5 at night (sometimes I dont take all of it a day though), Atenolol for my Mvp symptoms.
I don't see my neuro till Nov.7th. And just find along with the above mention my spine hurts in different places, cracks a bit, and near my neck the spine hurts if I bend my head to the right.