Three weeks ago, my daughter jumped on my neck and wrenched it while we were horsing around. I'm 41 years old and in good shape. I used to run 3-4 miles a day M to F.
I thought I had torn a muscle in my right shoulder and thought it would heal by itself, but when it didn't go away, I saw an orthopedic surgeon who noted muscle weakness in my right hand. He took an x ray and noted that he felt that it was a pinched nerve from degenerative disc disease.
He prescribed steroids and physical therapy.
The pain is about a 0 when I wake up in the morning and can go up to a 7, especially when sitting upright in my car while driving. Right now as I type (where I spend most of my days in front of a computer), it's getting to about a 5 or 6 and is affecting my work.
I am in constant pain as I work. Physical therapy was yesterday for the first time, and they did massage and 10 minutes of traction. It felt fine afterwards, but an hour later it was back to the same. I've also been doing stretches, but that doesn't seem to work all that well.
I'm a little discouraged as I'm too young to be feeling this old and don't want to have to deal with this for the rest of my life. I have three young kids and want to be active with them. Yesterday the pain was flaring up and I started getting crabby with them. I don't want to be like that.
I guess I'm just looking for what to expect in the future. That seems murky.
I'm willing to do whatever therapy might work, and would even consider alternative sources like accupuncture and a chiropracter if it was believed to work. I'd like to avoid surgery.
Is there any chance for a recovery? I'd take a return to 85% ability with an occasional flare up the other 15% of the time is possible, but right now this is constant.
Thanks for reading.