As you can tell I'm new to the forum. Gee whiz I don't know where to start.. I guess I'll state my injury first and foremost:
I'm 31 years old but since I was 22 I had disc degeneration/disc bulges in both the C3-C4 and C4-C5 areas along with narrowing in both spaces etc etc...And this leads to pain and a burning in my left trapezius muscle in constant spasms..jaw pain along with pain/burning down my left arm and forefinger and thumb. (More details on my sob backstory after the main question)
My main question is I've done a lot of research and surgery has a high success rate of relieving those suffering from Cervical Radiculopathy. BUT I heard that since it's been so long (9 years) it might not help...
I was wondering what are the facts on this and if there's any truth to it? has it been too long for hope of full recovery? Or time isn't a factor? Or am I doomed to feel pain forever? (I had tests done before that didn't show nerve damage but..I don't know..sorry getting kind of panicky here)
Every doctor / PT / Chiropractor I talked to said 'I have to learn how to live with the pain'.. EDITED I was hoping someone can shed some light on this question as I'm at my wits end and will do anything to fix the pain! And I'm praying that just because it's been so long there's still HOPE of living a pain free life...Thanks in advance!
(P.S. I'm living in Thailand now and I have dual citizenship from the U.S. and Thailand so I'm under Thailand's Universal Healthcare which covers surgeries)
The reason why it's been 9 years with no recovery is because I have the worst luck with doctors,I always seem to encounter INCOMPETENT doctors that kept misdiagnosing me and it took a physical therapist to FINALLY find the root cause after 4 years of agony and frustration of doctors that were incompetent or just didn't care. Of course people thought I was just making this up to get pity or something (Um, yeah I want to be in a life of neverending pain, sounds hunky dory!)
I'm not sure how the injury happened in 2005 but when it did of course it hurt like ****!...Even when I was finally seeing a 'Spine Specialist' in 2009 they were just milking the system and after a year of just getting pain meds, nothing. I read reviews of the clinic and a lot of people had the same nightmarish experiences; 2 hour wait for 5 minutes of 'face' time. And in the end the head doctor said 'there's nothing wrong' even though the MRI and my pain says otherwise...
Pain going from my neck down my left trapezius down my left arm and hand along with a burning senation in some fingers and my trapezius (sensitivity when touching something with my left hand). The left trapezius has constant spasms that NEVER go away..one very painful spasm the size of a golfball between the neck and shoulder and I tried everything: (massage,PT,chiropractor,acupuncture,cortisone shots, epidural steroid injection etc..I don't know WHY surgery was never brought up) and all of the typical areas hurt: jaw, parts of head, etc. The pinched nerves have also sped up my metabolism which makes it hard for me to gain weight. I used to be athletic and built but now I'm seriously underweight. I saw this one chart where it showed that one area can lead to weight loss which is what I'm experiencing. Not to mention all the other unpleasantness that comes with pinched nerves.
And I must end with MAN I HATE THE DOCTORS I MET IN MY LIFE!!!!!
Sincerely ~ Panicked, In Pain and Scared...but having some hope..