Hi, I am new here. I am a 36 year old guy and Two years ago I noticed after riding my motorcycle for a hour my left arm was getting numb and my shoulder started to burn after a few hours it went away. Last year I started having severe shoulder pain with numbness. For a month I went to a chiropractor for this pain and after telling her about the length of time of my pain she told me to get a see my Dr and get a MRI. I did and it showed a bulging C5/6 disc. So I started physical therapy which did start to help. I will add that from the time of the burning sensation in my shoulder to the time of my MRI I lost my job, when asked how I hurt my neck I said "I dont know" because at the time I had no idea, looking back a year later I know it was from my past employment. So anywho physical therapy went well pain started to diminish but it was still there. I had to give up the PT after a month because I finally received my bill and it was a hair under 2k and for me without insurance that was a bit too much. So then after a few months and my Dr pushing I went and had the shot in the neck. I will say I am not a fan. The shot lasted about a month and then the numbness and pain came back. My dr did not want to prescribe me anything for the pain and put me on gabapentin before bed which didnt help. My Dr kept telling me if the shot didnt work the next thing was surgery and he recommended it when I told him that I wasnt so sure about the success rate he kinda turned his nose up and told me that they are fine. My Dr then would not fill any prescription for pain meds or gabapentin because he believed I was just making up the pain. (he did have the MRI btw) Fast forward to two months ago, my Dr was not available to be seen and I was a hurtin unit. So I went to the clinic and got to see a new Dr. This Dr. told me for a man my age surgery is the last thing I want to do and that there is a higher chance that I would be back in the clinic with more pain after the surgery. He gave me some pain meds and told me to continue my gabapentin and then he said " I will be sending you good vibes"...That is what did it for me, I switched providers and after visiting him he upped my Gabapentin to 3 times a day and allowed me to have pain meds twice a day and signed a pain management contract. Although most days this seems to be good, two weeks later the pain has increased. My numbness and pain in my arm seems to be getting worse and the pain in my neck is also getting pretty bad. I am concerned about becoming addicted to the pain meds and they say 2 tabs every 4-6 hours there have been 2 days where I have taken up to 6 because of the crippling pain. I have my white roller and over the door traction unit that I have used. I find the roller works some and the traction just gives me a headache. I also go to a chiropractor and have tried acupuncture.
The last week the pain has gotten worse. I have started looking at possibly surgery, I have kids at home and a little boy that needs to be held all the time, I have found there are times that have almost brought me to tears because he wants to be held but he is constantly pushing and moving and that starts irritating my arm, shoulder and neck and by mid afternoon I am unable to think of anything but cutting my spine out to get rid of the pain. I have started looking into laser surgery but have seen many things not to go that route. I will be poking around here looking at posts and such. I look forward to learning from everyone here.