In June I was diagnosed with cervical ddd after seeing my doctor for left arm numbness and neck pain. I don't know if my degeneration is early or advanced (do they know) :? I have been going to physical therapy ever since, I was also started on Tegretol for pain. After 5 weeks I am almost pain free and am considering going back to work. (Im a med-surg RN) I'm scared to death to go back because I don't want to do more damage to my neck.
I graduated May 07 from nursing school and I'm finally living my dream. Oh by the way, I am 39, Yep! went back to college at the age of 35. Needless to say I feel like I've had the rug pulled out from under my life. I've been reading alot about ddd and was so glad to find this forum, it helps to know there are people who understand what one goes through. I hope someone can answer a few questions. Will I always need to take medication or only when I have "flare ups"? Could it be possible that I could go years until I have pain again? (I feel great right now!!) Is surgery inevitable? My physical therapist does not thing I'm a surgery canidate because I've responded so well. I tend to see life through rose colored glasses but I want to be prepared for whats ahead of me. Thanks for your time