I suffered a herniated C6-C7 in 1999. I work a computer job and combined with stress apparently led to the injury. I was up and about a few weeks later after NSAIDs and PT.
I suffered the same problem in 2003. On both occurrences, I was not doing anything strenuous when the sharp pain occurred. I went through 4 months of PT and NSAID.
I had the same problem again in 2011 combined with a diagnosis of low testosterone. This time was different,I began having an ache/pain/burn between my shoulder blades. I lifted an object and immediately had sharp radiating pain. The MRI was while lying down and showed a bulged disc. The PT feels, due to my pain and length of recovery, it may have even ruptured. I mention the low T because I am receiving TRT treatment (shots) which also causes hormonal back pain from time to time.
I don't feel I have completely 100% healed this time. I have a throbbing/pulsing sensation but no pain from it. When I lay down, the pulsing is localized between my shoulder blades. It feels like a heart beat. At times I can feel this pulsing in my legs and arms. If I sit with my legs crossed, my leg moves to the rhythm. This is not a muscle spasm, as it continues like the tick of a clock. Very rhythmic.
When I wake in the morning, it is very hard to notice but it is there. A hot bath can cause it to increase in it's intensity. No pain, just a strong feeling of pulsing. Once, I tried to get back to the gym with very light weight (10 - 15 pds) and lots of reps. It was a nautilus machine where I push the weight out and up. I began having a very strong pulsing that lasted several months. The intensity settled down 6 months later, but it is still there when I sit or lay down. I still get ache/pain between the shoulder blades every few weeks.
What is this? I still get numb pinkies, both hands, at night if I cross my arms while sleeping on my back. Is it possible I ruptured my disc and there is still material on the cord? How long should it take for a ruptured disc to fully heal and the material to be reabsorbed?