I am just reaching out for a little support and input of your experiences with cervical spine issues. I have a previous history of 2 lumbar discectomies (the last 2 years ago) and have been living a pretty happy life with very manageable pain. Because I still have leg pain and cramping issues, I still take a tramadol every night and a Zanaflex to make sure I sleep well. Also, in this time frame I've been working on weight reduction and have lost ~60 pounds.
About 6 months ago I noticed that my neck was starting to get a bit sore and I blamed it on my preference for sleeping on my left side due to my back. As the months have gone by the pain never went away but I just chalked it up to muscle fatigue. About a month ago I noticed worsening pain that goes across my left shoulder and into my upper arm as well as pain between my shoulder blades. I then started looking into breast reduction surgery as my breasts are large and did not decrease in size with my weight loss. Last week I decided to treat myself to a 15 min chair massage at work for my birthday. That night I was extremely uncomfortable and took a Percocet because I could not get to sleep due to the pain. While I was laying in bed, I noticed that the sensation in part of my left forearm was "altered" (for lack of a better term-- not quite numb but decrease sensation) and extended from my elbow to the top of my hand. The next day I decided to make an appointment with my old pain doc but found she left the practice. I was set up for an appointment with the doc that did an SI joint injection on me about a year and a half ago. I went to see him on Tuesday afternoon and he decided to order an MRI to rule out herniation vs. C6 radiculopathy.
The MRI is scheduled for this Friday, of course pending authorization from my insurance company. I'm preparing myself for the worst but I'm hoping for the best since I *think* my symptoms are pretty mild (I know they can be much worse after going through the experience with my lumbar spine). Any thoughts or ideas are welcomed