My husband has been dealing with this pain since the day after Christmas and we just can't seem to get to the bottom of what is going on. We're not looking for miracles here, just anyone with similar experiences, or some suggestions. My husband is in his mid twenties and is a mechanic. Or was, until this started.
Here we go....Mark woke up in the middle of the night with excruciating pain. He has chronic low back pain that we regularly see a chiropractor for, but this was totally different. Typically he just gets sore if he does too much, but this comes and it goes, he has 8/10 days, and 5/10 pain days, and it doesn't seem to matter what he does or does not do. He was put on several medications, but those did not help the pain. Then his left arm started to hurt and go numb, and fall asleep. We went in to the doctor and got a neck MRI, because we were all expecting this was just a simple pinched nerve. They also wanted Xrays because my husband kept telling them he didn't injure it at work, it was in his sleep, but the pain was mostly in his neck and shoulder. These showed some spinal stenosis, some degenerative disc disease but nothing extreme. More meds.
Weeks went by and nothing was helping, even though he had been off work and resting for a month, and was on some serious anti-inflammatories. Nothing changed, arm issues got more frequent. We were scheduled for a cortisone shot in his neck hoping it would relieve some of the pain, calm down his muscles so they wouldn't push his bone spurs into the nerves.
Then his legs started going numb and becoming sore, as if he had just run a marathon. We went back in for another MRI, of his low back this time. And the orthopedic dr immediately said we should cancel the cortisone shot. He mentioned the issues in Marks neck would NOT cause his severe mid back, low back, and hip pain he was getting. Also, his MRI was pretty regular. He was going to have some chronic pain because of some slightly bulging disks...which we already knew about.
It's been almost 2 months of pain, no work, and lots of meds. We got a mid back MRI today and are going in for an EMG Thursday because the Dr thinks it may all be a nerve issue and not because of the bone spurs at all. However, in the mean time, my husband's other arm is starting to go numb and have that same exhausted feeling. We're kind of at our wits end.
We see our chiropractor (who we love, and who cannot see why this is happening to him either) and our physical therapist multiple times per week but these have not alleviated the pain, and it's getting scary that this is continually progressing.
Has anyone had a similar experience?
***He compares his arm experiences to if you were lifting weights for hours on end, then let your arm float in water that's too hot***