I’m new to the forum here but not new to chronic neck and back pain. I have been experiencing back and neck pain located primarily on the right side of my body since I was 19 years old. I’m 26 now and since coming off of strong narcotic pain medication one year ago I’ve been in a state of consistent misery and even began experiencing numbing and tingling in the extremities in this time. I used to be a competitive bodybuilder and I suspect the constant heavy weight training overtaxed my neck (which I was told when I was 14 lacked curvature and could be problematic later in life by a chiropractor, man was he right!)
I had an MRI done five months ago. The only problems indicated were, “mild signal loss in the invertebral discs at C4 to C5 and C5—C6 which is likely degenerative.” Along with, “minimal broad based disc bulge,” at these same vertebrate. NO central canal or stenosis. NO fracture or subluxation. “A loss of normal lordosis is noted.”
I was pretty much told that my lack of lordosis is what causes my numbing and pain symptoms. However, what I wasn’t given was any kind of treatment plan to improve or even manage the pain. I was told to do neck exercises, which have had no effect on my condition. I’m wondering if anyone has ever overcome similar issues. I have a tolerance for pain but even I am at my wits end and I don’t desire to end up on narcotics for a lifetime. Any knowledge into these issues would be greatly appreciated.