After sleeping on mom-in-law's couch over the 4th of July holiday, i woke up to the super painful neck, shoulder, arm hand pain. I went to the orthopedic doc yesterday. Here's what he said:
Doc says i may have herniated another disc and torn rotator cuff, too. He prescribed three weeks of physical therapy, a special pillow, home traction twice a day. And more oxycodone, aleve, soma (muscle relaxer) and a 7 day regimine of 21 steroid pills.
My next appt is in three weeks. If not enuf progress, then I will get sent off for MRI. He was very concerned that I've been in pain since july 4th and wants to move agressively. My take is that there are two surgeries in my future. One for my spine and the other for my rotator cuff. Without the pain meds then I'm at a 6 or 7 out of 10 on the pain scale. The actual exam was frighteningly painfull.
I repeat, ugh!