I am a 19 year old woman with multilevel desiccation in my C-Spine and disk protrusions C4-C5/C5-C6. I incurred an injury at BCT that lead to my discharge. I'd had pain since the beginning of the training cycle since dropping a 60-70lb bag off the back of a truck and catching it, making me thing I'd simply pulled my shoulder, and it was even diagnosed as such from the beginning of June-late July. I was accused of faking more than once, because I'd 'been seen multiple times with no resolution of pain'. After a road march at the end of July, I lost sensation in my right hand, and had an MRI and EMG done, showing DDD in my C-Spine with multilevel desiccation and protrusions C4-C5/C5-C6, as well as reduced conductivity in the nerves in my right arm. After moving chairs while on staff duty, I wound up much worse, in so much pain I could not walk on my own or go from a prone position to an upright position. It was over a week before I could sit up and walk on my own, and I ended up hospitalized, and was diagnosed by the Army doctors as having 'Mild DDD with multilevel dessication, potrusions C4-C5/C5-C6, and minor stenosis' (off the discharge papers), and placed on Mobic & Robaxin (which only took me from an 8/10 down to a 3/10, and I ran out). I regained use of my hand after a month, but still have numbness/tingling in my fingers today. The Army sent me home for failing to complete BCT and did not treat me beyond that. I was also not treated well by providers, a lot of whom told me it was all in my head despite the physical evidence, but they were nowhere near as bad as my COC, so I don't think badly of them at all. The way I was treated by the majority of people over the course of 4 months, as well as the day I got to the point I couldn't walk and what happened that day (I can barely talk about it and I get flashbacks) has left me depressed and traumatized.
I currently have severe stabbing pain between my right shoulder blade and my spine, numbness and tingling in my right hand, I have started getting headaches in the back of my head, and sitting upright or walking/standing for long periods of time increases my pain. I had been taking 15 of Mobic 1x/day with 2 Tylenol every 6 hours and 500 of Robaxin every 8 hours until I ran out of Mobic & Robaxin and switched to just Tylenol and other OTC painkillers. I've also tried IcyHot, Tiger Balm, and heating pads/heat packs, none of which do much at all.
I was an active woman, worked out and did CrossFit five days a week, played sports in high school, danced as a kid, I've done karate for six years; and now I can't do much of anything. I haven't worked out since the end of July.
I made an appointment with a spine specialist for next week, and I'm hoping something can be done. I've seen a lot of things about younger people being told there's no way DDD can cause their pain because they are so young, so I'm a little worried the same thing will happen. I can't function like this until I'm considered 'old enough' for more aggressive treatment than I've already gotten (which hasn't worked). Link to members introduction post......http://www.spine-health.com/forum/newbies-welcome/new-member-introductions/newbie-64
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