I am 27. I am living in Japan now, and was recently diagnosed with either cervical stenosis or a pinched nerve in the neck. I have had it for about a month and a half now. My symptoms are: tingling/burning in the shoulders/hands (Particularly the left), pain in the forearm when doing lifting/typing, and a sometimes tight neck. It started getting bad while playing piano, and continued to the point where my shoulders/hands tingle even when not doing anything. I have always had bad posture when standing/sitting/typing which I am trying hard now to correct.
I am ashamed to say that I don't know which I was diagnosed with - the doctor handed me a sheet that talked about stenosis (in Japanese, I translated) but was also saying the word "pinched nerve" in English interspersed with Japanese.
I try to avoid mailing/typing as much as possible for fear of getting worse - My shoulders are getting tight to type this message as I speak. I also went to a chiropractor, which was a big mistake - made the tingling and pain much worse. That was yesterday.
I also went to see a physical therapist, who gave me some exercises to perform, which I think were helping a bit before seeing the chiropractor. But this incredibly tense feeling I get in my shoulders when typing or playing piano never goes away.
Anyone have any advice? How did you cope/recover? Any other exercises to try? I am avoiding social obligations and parties, as I am on pain meds and am worried drinking will make it worse. Not being able to go out/exercise(besides walking)/play piano is subsequently making me depressed. I also cut way down on coffee, so I am pretty much doing nothing I find enjoyable anymore.
Also, before I go back to the doctor, which of the two diagnoses do you think is more likely based on my symptoms?? As I am young, it seems more likely that I would have a pinched nerve, I think. I also hope that this is the case, as cervical stenosis seems quite a bit more difficult to cure.
Also, are there any success stories on here of people getting back to normal? I want to get back to my old happy, piano playing self!
Even words of support would be appreciated at this point. THANKS IN ADVANCE!!!