I hope this is not repetitive in regards to my question, but I dont have much time to get on here and search because I have a very busy schedule with 5 kids and a demanding job with long hours. If I am repeating someone elses request, my apologies.
My issue began with tingling and numbness in my right forearm and over a weeks time, spread to my right hand and fingers. After two weeks, pain in my right shoulder was present. Before I went to the dr., my neck began to hurt as well. When I went to the dr, I first was given oral steroids that did nothing. Upon my next visit, I was referred to a regular doc who set me up for an MRI. The results, although I havent seen them, showed a bulge at C5 C6. I was given a block and immediately the tingling went away.
A week later, I saw the doc again for a follow up. When he was examining me, he found another at C7 T1. I came back a week later for 11 more injections in the affected area. I forgot to mention that the pain I felt at the follow up was a dull ache until after he pressed on it. I dont imply error on his part, just thought it noteworthy. Anyhow, the pain decreased for about three days. Now, every day for the last three, the neck and shoulder pain has increased to a level worse than before. I just want to stinkin cry or punch someone. What is odd is that the shoulder pain has not been an issue since the block, but now its back and the tingling is gone. Also, I guess because I "look the part" with tattoos and all, the only thing I have been prescribed is Ultram.....Ibuprofen helps more than that but is still not very effective.
So I guess my question is first, is this common? Not just that the pain returned, but returned with a vengeance. Secondly, I hate asking for meds because I dont want to appear like a junkie. However, I seriously need some relief until we can find a procedure that might actually work!! Should I swallow my pride and ask, or just grin and bear it?
Thanks in advance for any help you can provide. My next appt isnt for another 4 weeks so Im trying to gather as much info as possible.