I injured my neck and back on May 8th and am beyond frustrated with my pain and quality of life. The first doctor I went to only investigated the back pain and discovered I had fractured T7 and put me in a back brace for 6 weeks and physical therapy 3 times a week for several months and then washed his hands of me even though I kept telling him I had neck issues. The next doctor did an MRI of my neck and found the following...
Moderate cervical curvature convex right and straightening of the usual cervical lordosis.
C2-3 Minimal left sided facet arthritis.
C3-4 Mild lateral disc bulging and osseous ridging but no stenosis.
C4-5 Moderate left lateral disc bulging and osseous ridging causing mild left neural foraminal stenosis.
C5-6 Moderate disc space narrowing and disc desiccation particularly anteriorly.Moderate broad left posterolateral disc herniation/protrusion, extending into the left lateral recess and left foramen, impinging upon the left C6 nerve root, Moderate degenerative reactive endplate changes left posterolaterally at the uncovertebral joint/uncinate process.
C6-7 Mild disc space narrowing and disc desiccation. small left foraminal protrusion smaller than the one at the prior level, but still encroaching upon and potentially irratating the exiting left C7 nerve root.
I am in constant pain, the only med I'm taking is tramadol which does nothing. I can't work, I can't drive and cannot complete the daily tasks of life. I cry every day. I have neck pain, back pain, numbness and weakness in my left arm, headaches, muscle spasms in my left shoulder and I am actually crooked, left shoulder is much higher than the right. I just had my first nerve block on Tuesday which only seemed to irritate it more, no relief. So now what? I am tired of sucking up the pain. I am a single parent of three teenagers who are used to having a strong independent woman who was a manager of restaurant. Now I am a sniveling crying mess everyday and think they have about had it with me!! Any help or guidance would be much appreciated.