Hi! I'm a 38 yr. old female who is having neck issues that are really affecting my life and style. I'm not happy about it but I am learning to live with the pain and am trying to view the cup as half full along the way.
I don't know how or when I injured my neck, but it began hurting about a year ago. I finally met my pain tolerance max. about 4 or 5 months ago and went to an Orthopaedic Surgeon after 3 failed Chiropractor appt's. When I say 'failed' I mean I left there crying and never got any relief only more pain.
Long story short I have DDD in C5-6 with minor arthritis showing via MRI and central disk protrusion at C6-7. My neck had a chronic 'kink' in it and I was experiencing left shoulder and upper arm pain. 5 cortizone injections later, it is better but my neck is still pretty bad. I can now add daily headaches banded in the base/back of my head from ear to ear to my list of discomforts. I'm to see a pain specialist later this month.
I just wanted to say Hi! to others experiencing similar issues and offer my support and well wishes from someone else experiencing chronic neck pain. I hope to meet some new folks and learn from others.