This is my first post in a pain forum. I've gotten to the point that I'm totally frustrated, annoyed and desperate.
I am a 31 year old mother and wife. I have two beautiful little girls. They are six and three years old. I (was) working full time as a pre-school teacher and finishing my college degree. As you can imagine, I kept myself pretty busy.
I've had shoulder pain for several months that started moving down my right arm. When I went to my GP he told me that I had a shoulder issue and I should go t sho an orthopedic dr. On mothers day weekend, May 14th to be exact...I woke up in excrusiating pain in both arms and hands. I've never had pain like it before. I couldn't straighten my arms or even open my hands. To make a long story short, I ended up in the ER that Wednesday. They did an MRI...told me there was one herniated disc and sent me home with some pain meds. I made an appt at the spine center and saw a dr that Monday. He told me there were two herniated discs and three buldging discs. Basiclly, five out of seven of the discs in my cervical spine were effected. Wow!...I was terrified.
The dr. assured me that things would be ok and I would heal fast since I was so young. Boy was he wrong!!
I've had three injections: June 4th, June 30th, and August 26th. The second shot seemed to work for a couple of weeks...but it didn't last. The dr. Started me on PT. The PT did nothing but traction...and it made me worse again. I'm on day 15 of the third shot and I'm still in pain. I keep the Tens unit on for a lot of the day because it seems to help. I'm on Soma and Vicoden also. However, I try not to take the medication because my three year old his home with me all day. I haven't worked since May 16th...I may loose my job...Any advice would be appreciated.
I just dont know what else to do. (BTW--I'm a terrible speller..So please don't be to harsh...lol!)