My name is Tracie. I am 35 yrs. old. I have had pain on and off (flare ups) for the past 2 yrs. I would have muscle spasms in my neck and shoulders for approx. a week and then it would go away and flare up again in regular intervals. During these flare ups, I wouldn't be able to move my head/neck and shoulders and would have regular shoots of pain that would make me cry and beg God for mercy. I would go to the family dr. practice and they would prescribe muscle relaxers and anti-inflamatories. I would be literally knocked out from the meds but I couldn't take them when I had to work because of safety reasons and because I just couldn't function. Fast forward to March of this year, I started seeing a chiropractor. I was diagnosed with sublaxation of the spine. I know its a loose term. I did not have any curve left in my neck. I started treatment including massage therapy(heaven!) and regular adjustments. I was also doing a posture pump regamine to help regain the curve in my neck. Despite the work they did for the massage, I had several areas in my shoulders and shoulder blade area that hurt like heck to the touch and wouldn't loosen. Some time in late may, I had my last 2 message therapy treatments. A different massage therapist had done the last 2 treatments and she had a different style than my previous one. She had a different style that was not agreeing to my body. I had more pain than ever in my neck. I told my Chiropractor about it and he tried different adjustments that were not helping. The pain was mostly on the right side and going down my entire arm. The pain kept getting worse despite the issues. One night when I went to use the posture pump, I was unable to move after a couple cycles for about 15 minutes. I was told to stop using it. I had x-rays done and no structural issues were found. We did find that I was regaining the curve in my neck. He ordered an MRI and found that I have Extruded discs at C5 and C6 with pieces of the disc had broken away from the main part of the disc. Also the discs at C4 and C7 were bulging. The Chiropractor believes that the disc may have been bad for quite a while and while we were trying to regain the curve in my neck, the disc became dislodged from where it was being compressed. I am now waiting for a neurosurgeon to review my file and take the next steps. I feel like I am in limbo right now. I am still seeing my chiropractor for relief of the other repeat offender discs lower in my spine. I had an appt. today and my usual Dr. was on vacation so I ended up being seen by someone else that doesn't know me from Adam. He made an adjustment on my neck faster than I could react and now I have a major headache and worse pain than before. I think next time, I will wait until my dr. gets back from vacation before getting an adjustment. lol. As far as right now as I wait for this issue to be fixed, I get very little sleep because of the pain. I somehow get thru work in pain because I cant afford not to go to work. They count every time I call in and look down on it severely, They don't really care what you are going thru as long as you show up. Nice, right?
I don't mean to be a cry baby and sorry its so long. I try to research everything as much as possible and I feel like I cant seem to find enough to satisfy my need for info. I don't have any knowledge to really share but I have been reading peoples posts here as much as possible. I hope someday we all will find an answer to get the pain to go away.