I will try to make a long story short here! My name is Kailey, I'm 23 years old and I have been dealing with chronic back pain due to a herniated disk at L5-S1 (and DDD) for 10 years now. As if that wasn't enough to deal with, I'm now starting to have issues with my neck. Two years ago a chiropractor took X-rays of me (he wanted to help with my back, but took X-rays of my neck too) and showed me that my neck had a slight forward curve to it. It wasn't causing me any pain so I didn't let him do anything for it as he wasn't covered under my insurance.
Cut to about 6 months ago I started feeling some mild pain in my neck, and tingling/numbness in my left arm. It didn't last for more than a day or two so I didn't do anything about it. It's been going on like that for months now, a day or two of pain and then I'll be fine. Well, the past month or so the pain has been more frequent, and more severe. Going into both arms and hands, more so on the left than right. And the past week in particular has been excruciating. The only thing that relieves the pain in my back is laying down, but it hurts my neck so much. So needless to say, I'm a little lost and oh so frustrated.
Here's my dilemma: I am currently in Chicago but moving back to NC in a week because my husband is coming home soon from his deployment to Afghanistan. With his homecoming quickly approaching, there is so much to do to prepare and I don't have time to get in to see a doctor for at least a few weeks. Not to mention with military insurance I'm going to need to be referred to a pain clinic or orthopedist before I can get any treatment, so that adds at least another week for that to get approved. I know all these tips and tricks for relieving my back pain but I am completely clueless as to what to do with my neck until I can see a doctor. Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated!
23 years old, female, back problems began at age 13.
Herniated disc at L5-S1. Microdiscectomy in '05, fusion in '07. No relief found other than the daily tramadol.
New: neck pain with radiating tingling/pain down both arms into hands.