Hello everyone. I've been in pain for 3 to 4 years. I'm not sure what has caused it. I've worked in the service industry most of my adult life, have moved my mom by myself on a couple of occasions, been in a car accident, and haven't lifted things properly in the past.
About 3 months ago a new symptom developed. I get numbness, tingling, and twitching in different areas of my spine. The pain has been something I had to learn to deal with, but these new feelings were very scary. My mother has a history of all kinds of issues: bilateral neuropathy, bilateral carpal tunnel, had bone fusion with rods and screws in her lower back, she has herniated disks still in her back and neck, takes medicine for nerve pain, and has problems with hips and sciatica. Her doctor said I NEED to see someone with those new symptoms.
I've had my MRI done. I have disc bulges in c3-6. C5-6 are worst. I've been seeing the chiro twice a week when possible, but my insurance is not the best. I get the electro stimulation in different areas of my neck and along my spine, ultrasound, and manipulations. I've had my nerve test done and should get the results next week. I had it a month ago, but have had to wait for my next appt with PM doc. The prelims said i had mild cervical radiculopathy. And PM doc scheduled me for a CESI until my insurance rejected it.
My questions are:
Am I supposed to be in so much pain after seeing the chiro? He said that pain is to be expected in the healing process, but this is too much in my opinion. It almost makes me want to not go back because I don't want to put myself through it. I haven't seen any progress in this area.
I've been reading about radiculopathy and see that most patients feel the tingling and numbness in their hands in the cervical area. Now while I do get numbness in my fingers, my main concern is that it's in multiple areas of my back. Is this just a less common symptom of radiculopathy?
Like I said before, I'm getting my results a week from today. I'm hoping someone can answer these questions. It's unfortunate that so many of you guys/gals have all these issues, but I think I'm in the right place.