Hi - i'm new to chat forums like this but looking for advice from anyone who can relate.
I'm 41 and until recently have been very athletic and active. For the last 6 months i have increasing neck problems and pain, including pain that radiates to my arm and hand, and increasingly really bad pain comes and goes around my shoulder/scapula - a horrible cramping burning pain.
I've been to a neurologist, had an MRI, which shows a c5/c6 buldge. I've also had the first of several cortisone injections in my neck. The injection provided TOTAL relief for 24 hrs and then things were right back to where they started.
Has anyone had anything like this, and what/when do you contemplate surgery???