I've had tingling in my right arm, based on position, since November 2013, or earlier. In Feb, I went to chiropractor for several weeks. At that point, he suggested getting diagnostic tests done through an MD since I had shown no improvements. Fast forward through a medrol dose pack, about 15 x-rays, a wrist brace to wear at night, an EMG/NCS of my right arm, a month worth of diclofenac, an mri and several weeks of PT, in that order. The MRI showed herniated or bulging disc at c5-c6, which fits well with my symptoms - tingling in my right hand/arm when I tilt my head up. But there's no pain.
I had one more appt with PT next week, but this Wednesday, the PT suggested I cancel next week's appt as I had shown no improvement over the previous three weeks. I have a followup with ortho next friday. PT stated that, assuming the typical course of action, a cortisone injection is likely to be discussed next. I don't usually have issues with needles, but the idea of someone taking a big needle and driving it towards my spine, well, I'm not real keen on that.
It's a little confusing since just about everything I find online on cervical disc issues seems to focus on pain and pain management. I'm more interested in maintaining and improving the health of my cervical spine. So, since I have no pain, do i fit into the "Pain Forums" at all?
Another question - While looking through the posts, I've seen several replies by moderators where they basically say, don't go see a chiropractor. But, chiropractic is discussed under the treatments section of the spine-health.com website. This is somewhat of a mixed signal coming from the moderators and the spine-health website. Why the disparity? Frankly, it seems strange to shun the entire field of chiropractic, when it is so widely accepted now. If there's some logical reason for this, I'd be interested in hearing it, as I'm currently considering going back to the chiropractor, armed with the new information from the MRI (c5-c6 disc bulge/herniated).