I have a left C3-4 disc extrusion and C5-7 bulging and osteophytes. My arms are numb and tingling all the time, and the majority of my pain feels like it is from knots under the shoulder blades and then goes down the arms. I got my MRI last May in which I started pain management, trigger point, epidural, massage, pain meds, chiropractic, ice, heat, bengay...i have tried it all. Sleep is incredibly difficult. I almost hate to rest because of how I feel when I get out of bed!
I have an appt with a surgeon next Thursday, and honestly, I am scared! I am only 34 and never thought this would be happening at such a young age. I know I could stand be more active...maybe try that before surgery? Probably couldn't hurt.
My concerns are... I believe I have myofascial muscle pain as well, huge knots in my back underneath shoulder blade, pinching nerves....what if that is the cause of the pain and not the disc herniation? I am terrified that I will go under the knife and still hurt the same.
Any feedback would be so much appreciated. No one in my family knows exactly what I'm going through, and this forum is wonderful.