I posted on here once before when i first had neck pain but with no response so i'm hoping i have better luck this time.
After a silly accident at xmas falling through the loft/attic hatch and catching myself with my underarms on the edges of the hatch, i jolted my neck quite badly, at the time i didnt feel much pain other than being a bit battered and bruised but after a few weeks i began to develop a really stiff neck and one morning whilst getting out of bed something went out with a crack in my neck, that night i was at an xmas concert and leant forward to pick up my bottle of coke, i laughed whilst doing this and i felt a very painful twinge in my neck which sent pain and tingling down my left arm, for the next two weeks after i could barely lift my arm above my head and if i held it out straight in front of me and tried to move it to the centre of my chest the pain in my shoulder joint was bad enough that i would almost pass out.
i finally got an MRI scan done and it was found that i had a bulging disc at c5-6 level with slight nerve root compression, my consultant assured me that this was the cause of the pain in my neck across my shoulder and down my arm. I was offered surgery when i was first diagnosed but now the pain levels in my arm have reduced they wont operate.
I was booked in for an epidural injection into the area of the bulge and the pain did decrease to what i would class as a bearable level. but would flare up on occasions and the pain never really goes away.
7 months later and i've recently had 3 injections into the facet joints as my pain specialist reckons this may also be a factor that is causing the pain. i havent noticed much difference at all this time
My neck is constantly sore but my shoulder and shoulder joint gets really really sore at times without no real reason why. i could be feeling ok sitting watching tv then BANG my shoulder feels as if someone is sticking a knife into it. i dont get much arm pain anymore but my neck constantly pops clicks grinds and the shoulder pain comes and goes as it pleases. I'm really struggling to cope with this pain both mentally and physically and its really beginning to grind me down. i have been using an air traction collar and also a tens machine with mixed results. i find i worry about almost everything nowadays, particularly my health, i'm scared incase if i overdo it and do more damage, i'm scared to exercise to much incase it flares up and hurts for weeks on end, i honestly feel completely beaten by this whole thing and dont know what to do now.
The main reason i am posting is to find out if anyone is suffering from this same constant pain and what they do to help manage it, as the only thing that seems to numb the pain is alcohol and i dont want to end up down that road! i'm also interested in any exercise techniques/workouts that may help strengthen my neck again.
if i could just find a way of dealing/coping with the constant pain i would feel so much better and could learn to live with this condition
Any help you guys can provide would be great.
I look forward to hearing from you