So maybe someone can help me with this. I'm looking for answers right now. I'm actually fairly young, 25 years old and thin so doctors tend not to believe that I could have anything wrong. Regardless, I have an extensive family history of degenerative disc disease in my family. My mother has had several back and neck surgeries. *sigh* She always had neck problems growing up and by the time she was 45 she had to get the disk removed or she would become paralyzed. I always hoped I wouldn't have to go down that road, but it looks like I might be following in her footsteps.
For the past six-seven weeks I've been having horrible neck pain. I could point to the location where it is, but it's a bit below where my shoulders hit my neck. Don't know what number that is. Anyway, I've tried everything for the pain. Right now I'm on max dose tylenol and naproxen. I just had hip surgery (I know, lucky me) a while ago so I also take about two Vicodin for my hip pain. It does a little to relieve the pain, but it's still pretty bad. I ice it, and take really hot baths, but the pain relief is very short lived. As soon as the ice or heat is gone the pain is back in full force. It causes very bad tension headaches that start in the base of the skull. Once I have one of those, nothing seems to get rid of it. I've started having some shoulder pain in my right shoulder, but that is very sporadic. I just bought a neck brace, one of those soft foam support ones, and I'm not sure if it's helping. My doctor wants me to try acupuncture, and I'm willing to go because I just want this pain to end. I'm a full time pharmacy student on rotations and I'm even considering dropping out of school. Working 8 hours a day, 5 days a week is just hard when I'm feeling so poor. Oh, another symptom that I have, which is odd, is a sore throat. Like it hurts when I swallow. I'm almost certain this is related to the neck pain.
Anyway, I saw a doctor about this and he thinks that it's not cervical disc degeneration and that it should go away. Well, every morning I keep on hoping for a miracle, but the pain is still there. It seems to be getting worse lately, which is maybe why I've become so desperate. Does anyone have any advice? I'm just at a loss of what to do. My doctor told me to try a few visits of the acupuncture and see if that helps. If not, we'll try something else he said. I don't know, does this kind of pain kind of go away? It was just sudden and unexplained. No injury to cause it or anything. My mom said that she would have long periods of neck pain that would just go away on its own, so perhaps this too will just disappear? Thanks!