I am brand new to this board, and basically to this type of pain as well. I am a 50 year old female and have been very healthy my whole life. I have been very lucky. For about the last month or so I have been experiencing pain that started in the upper left side of my back, near my shoulder blade. It was really annoying and painful, so I went to see an ortho doc. He took X-rays and told me I have definite DDD in my neck, and the pain is caused and is referring to my upper back from that. Well it's been a month and the pain is now radiating to my shoulder area, down my arm etc., and my neck is really stiff and I can't bend my chin to my chest or I feel extreme pain in my back. Like a long muscle is pulling or something. He prescribed Skelaxin, Celebrex, and Darvocet for the pain. That was a month ago. Can anyone tell me how long something like this can go on, or if anyone out there has experienced this same kind of thing? I feel like it's been forever, and I am really getting tired of it. It seems like I am in pain all the time if I'm not on the pain meds. Mornings are the worst. I sit at a desk all day working on a computer, and I'm sure that doesn't and hasn't helped. The only relief I seem to get is when I lay down in bed or on the couch. The pain goes completely away, but I can't live my life like that! I would really appreciate anyone to talk to about this, and if anyone can give me some advice.
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