I have had arm/tingling pain since about 3 months after my PLIF (8/09), it was dismissed by the doctors for months and not treated. I finally got my PCP to do an MRI which showed 3 herniations plus stenosis, OK thats why the arms and neck are painful dahhhhh! Sometimes you just want to kick the doctors.
So two days ago I put my head back to pull over a shirt and I felt a scrunch and heard a pop and crackle noise. My arm pain is now constant pain, heavyness and jabs, as well as it going down the middle of the back, around my jaw and up behind my ear. By mid day I can barely hold my head up. The PCP says it must be musclular, but of course I fear differentely. Since I am out of the orthos care for the PLIF, I need to get a new referal to go back, or go to the ER and suck up the $250 charge as a non emergency and get a referal from there. The Fentora 200mcg from the PM doctor isnt touching the pain. It doesnt help that I cant take it easy, I am at a new job and cant take time off, although I can tailor my day to suit my needs most of the time. Today was a lazy day, sitting around most of the time.
Just wondering how you know when the herniations with mild stenosis become something more serious, anything to watch for? I allready have nerve damage and RSD from the PLIF so I have some B&B issues, numbness, tingling and instability from that. Any input or similiar experiences would be appreciated.
hugs to all,