So hello everyone, I am a new member to the site. My name is Kate. Here is my story.
One day about 5-6 months ago I woke up with a stiff neck. I figured I had just slept wrong but three weeks went by before the pain subsided. Then a month later the same thing happened and no more than a couple of weeks after the pain went away it came back again. In November 2008 I finally went to the doctor. X rays were taken which came back normal. I was given Skelaxin(muscle relaxer)which did absolutely nothing for the pain however I did find that 800mg IB profen helped a little so I figured this is just part of getting older. I am 29yrs old...lol.
Then three weeks ago on the 21st of January as I was walking to my truck I slipped on the ice. I did not fall I just jerked a little to catch myself from falling. Immediately my neck began to hurt again. A week went by and I started to get shooting pains down my left arm and muscle spasms (twitching) in my forearm. That Saturday I went to the doctor and he decided to order a MRI. My MRI was scheduled for Friday 6 Feb 08. My pain in my left arm continued to get worse that week. I went from having sharp quick jolts of pain through my left arm to what felt like a "Charlie horse" pain that would last for several seconds to minutes. When the results came back the report reads as: Large left paracentral disc extrusion at C6-C7. Herniated disc projects 6 mm posteriorly into the spinal canal, effacing cerebrospinal fluid space and compressing the ventral aspect of the cord on that side. Disc material extends superiorly and inferiorly 2-3 mm each. The herniated disc also appears to have mass effect on the exiting left C7 nerve root. My doc said normally when he sees results this severe surgery is the only option.
Because I only want to be treated by the best neurologist in the area I have to wait a week to see him. In the meantime in addition to the pain I am starting to feel a lot of weakness in my left arm. The waiting is driving me crazy. Does anyone have any advice or insight? My biggest concern is if my condition is severe enough that I will need surgery. I am an Army helicopter pilot and single Mom. I worry about the effects on my life if I have or don’t have surgery.