I have degenerative disc disease at C4/5 & C5/6, a herniated disc at C6/7 that is pressing on the nerve(s) on the right side of my neck, and I also have muscle pain in my right shoulder.
My pain management doctor diagnosed the muscle pain as Fibromyalgia, but I never thought much about that because honestly, I thought it was a psychosomatic condition. But after reading the symptoms, especially tenderness in an area that hurts more when touched, I realized that I need to pay more attention to the condition.
So in an average day, I have severe muscle pain (tightness, inflammation and spasms) in my shoulder, and nerve pain that radiates down my back between my spine and shoulder blade, and I often have nerve pain down my right arm that ends at my pinky.
Are all the bad discs causing the muscle pain, or is the herniated disc the culprit?
Does the muscle pain cause the nerve pain?
Do the degenerative discs have anything to do with the pain?
I am being treated for depression and anxiety and I wonder if those conditions have anything to do with the pain as well.
Also, since I have nerve and muscle pain, I don't know whether to use heat or ice. And I got an epidural injection at C6/7 on October 5th, and I'm still waiting for it to kick in.
I just wish I knew the cause of my pain so I can focus more on treating that area.