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figuring out the issues and heading for eventual treatment

causeimdougccauseimdoug Posts: 1
edited 07/31/2015 - 3:42 PM in New Member Introductions
My name is Dave, I'm 44 and I've been diagnosed with minimal to moderate spinal stenosis and arthritis within my neck vertebrae. I believe it may have created a pinched nerve that has caused numerous issues I have on the left side of my body. I deal with a little pain each day, with some days being worse, especially if I do something stupid like dive off a high dive or fall while snowboarding. I deal with minor arthritis in my hip on the right side stemming from a long term result of a childhood hip disorder, Legg-Calve-Perthes. Surgery corrected the ball and socket damage, but one possible long term effect was the early onset of arthritis in different parts of the body.

I have painless bilateral muscle fasciculations on both arms, shoulders and leg muscles. I've gone through EMG testing ruling out any neurological disorder, but did show the potential pinched nerve. I've dealt with left side pain for about 10 yrs now....too long. Most things subside for awhile, but come back from time to time. Just to mention them..ankle pain with no swelling, kneecap electric pain when resting on it, (not for 2 years though), linear shoulder pain from lower neck to tip of shoulder, and some minor finger joint pain. I am aware of some muscle atrophy on the left side of my neck as mentioned by a certified masseuse who gave me a deep tissue massage a little over a year ago,

I'm not doing any rigorous activity now, but I back in February, I injured my lower left back while snowboarding, and falling on my ass, hard. Had an x-ray that showed no spinal damage, and ruled time healing muscle injury. Pain was intense for first 3 weeks then subsided mostly like any injury would. It hasn't gone away however, and currently it's a moderate nagging dull deep muscle pain. I feel the recovery is taking too long, and I'm thinking that the pinched nerve could be impeding my muscle healing because it is on the left side where all other pain is. In fact I just had that thought which lead me to this site looking for thoughts on various treatment of my pinched nerve, both medical and holistic. I'm curious about people's thought on whether the pinched nerve can slow healing of new injuries too.

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