My name is Diana, I am 46. 3 years ago I was suffered some doctor's gross malpractice and among other things, they caused me a cervical herniated disc. I was disgnosed via MRI and was seen by a doctor who wanted to push the surgery. The doctor basically scared me into having a surgery which I refused. He basically said that PT was useless and sent me home with an exercise sheet. I did my exercises religiously and recovered quite well (that is, I was almost pain free) until I fell about 3 months ago.
Since I re-injured myself I developed some strange breathing problems that some doctors say it's related to the spine issues and some say they are not (but are clueless either way). I had a new MRI which shows some calcificationl the development of a bone spur and some loss of curvature. I changed spine doctors and the new one sent me to physical therapy.
I will start physical therapy next Monday, but to be honest, in terms of pain I feel great. Right now my biggest problem is breathing. My breathing problem feels like as if I had an obstruction in the thrachea (just in the lower part of the neck). I find it harder to exhale (as if I was exhaling through a straw) and nights are really bad. (The airway gets more obstructed and it makes some horrible gurgling sounds that wake me up). My lungs are clear, my throat is clear, everything in the throat above the voicebox is perfect (I had a scope). My reflux is completely under control and an MRI showed no tumor in the airway. I've been given massive doses of inhaled steroids, digestive enzymes, muscle relaxants, allergy medicine, every NSAID under the sun. I have refused to take oral steroids, but I may end up trying that. And the only thing that makes a difference is a massive dose of advil a couple of hours prior to bed.
I am really desperate. I don't think I'll have the patience to wait the 3-4 months of PT it takes to start seeing results. THough it kind of makes sense that it could be related to the spine (especially since it started the day I re-injured myself and it is in exactly the same level) I have never heard of anyone having these kinds of symptoms from cervical spine issues.
I hope I can get some answers and support here. I will try to educate myself in this problem and hopefully help others.
Thansk for reading