Good Day All ~
I am brand new and seeking some advice and connection from others with similar issues. Feel quite alone in all of this as I am not one to complain about my issues, rather plow through them. I am not sure if I am doing this correctly so please be patient with me :-) My name is Liz, I am 51, from CA. I have suffered neck and upper back pain for years, thinking it was just "normal" aches and pains. Tried lot's of massage, heat and ice, yoga, chiropractic, strength training, etc.. I have a desk job which unfortunately seems to exacerbate my issues. Feels much better when I am moving and physical, but still painful.
Normally I experience pain from the base of my skull, through my traps, shoulders, and upper back. It is constant. Some stabbing, spasm pain, lots of burning and cramping. Have had 2 MRI'S which show degeneration and a bulge in my C-5-6 and am riddled with bone spurs in that same area. I have had cervical facet injections twice with no relief. This month I had a Radiofrequency ablation in C-3-4-5-6. First on the Rt. side and 6 days ago the Lt. side. I am experiencing significant pain, which I understand to be "normal" for the first week or two? But I also have what feels like a lack of muscle control at forward flexion. If I try to look down to sign a document or heaven forbid tie my shoe, my head feels as though it is just going to drop! I called the office and they said that they weren't sure what that was about so just come in for my two week follow up. Wondering if anyone else has experienced this? I have been so bummed out as I am a very active person and still feel so young at 50+ but also feel so compromised. So glad to find a forum to be able discuss and share with others! Any advice is welcome and appreciated!
Sending good energy to all ~ Liz*