I am a 55 year old female with lower back pain and neck pain. The lower back pain has been treated 8 years. At first doctors thought it was a hip problem, then sciatica, and now know it is two disc that are at least herniated. I have had PT, Epi shots and steroids. None of these relieve the pain that I do not consider to be chronic, just enough to know something was not right. I do walk with a limp and have numbness in the left leg in spots and tingling in the left foot. My ortho dr wanted me to go to a neurosurgeon to discuss the situation to see what he might advise. That appointment was the last week of June. Every since I was a young lady, I had large breast to the point I had a reduction done in 88. Very often I had neck pain with lots of pressure in my shoulders. All the doctors just said it was a result of carrying the load. On the day I had the appointment with the neurosurgeon I woke up with a sore neck. When he completing the examination, I mentioned the sore neck and explained what I had been told. He ordered an MRI of all 3 sections of the spine. The visit was on a Thursday and the MRIs were scheduled for the following Tuesday. By Saturday of the week of the visit, I could not move my neck and my right arm was having muscle spasms. I could not stand the pain so I went to the ER. They said it sound like a pinched nerve, gave me pain killers and told me to keep the appointment for the MRIs. Had the MRIs and on the following Monday received a call from the neurosurgeon's office to tell me my neck had three herniated discs with bone spurs in all three. The doctor order 3 weekly visited for PT until I come in for a follow-up visit on July 1st. They said if the pain became too much to call back and they would send pain meds. I went to the PT, for the first five visits all they did was try to settle the muscles down with ultrasound and TEN, This past week I did exercises two time and on Thursday I had traction.
I am not in as much pain as most people describe but this has definitely effected how I spend my days. Much movement of the right arm causes the pain to move through the arm, my thumb feels like it has been hit by a hammer all the time. I also have not been able to sleep a whole night. Now I have the visit coming on Monday and not sure what he will say about the results of the MRIs though I know the neck is worse that the lower back.
A little about me-I am married to my best friend of 34 years, mother to 3 grown and now mother to 2 young adopted children, ages 6 and 8. Retired elementary teacher and now owner and director of a large daycare center that cares for 96 children.