Hello, I've been following spine-health on facebook and have decided to join the forum. I have 2 people that I can really talk to about my condition but beyond that, others don't understand and I get to feeling like I'm whining or making it up. Until they deal with it they won't understand.
I have DDD in my neck, Cervical stenosis and arthritis. Had C3-C6 worked on with fusion in 2009, I had lost all function of the right arm. The surgery went well and I was pain free for a year but started having problems again. I am now trying to hold off another surgery. C6 is impeding my spinal space and C7 has started breaking down. I recently had a couple epidural shots, the first one worked for 3 days but the pain slowly started coming back, the second set off the nerves and made things worse. They did a test to see if they would be able to burn the nerves but that failed. I go in next to have some nerve test.
I have pain in my neck, shoulders, arm and pretty much everywhere in between. It makes no sense, some days it may
be the nerves really bothering me and some the actual neck sometimes it is different hours.
I go to a pain management place and I like going there because I feel like they believe me and not making things up
but at the same time I kinda feel like a guinea pig and things seem to be worse.