Good Morning all,
I am a 48 year old male and I'm not sure what started this pain. The timing is around our vacation so it might have been from carrying heavy luggage (mostly the Misses stuff).
I'm only 3 months into my symptoms and 2 months into treatments. I have had the x-rays and MRI, found moderate DDD and narrowing in C5-6 and C6-7, Pain starts in the neck, shoots into left shoulder, down left arm, and numbness in fingers and thumb.Sitting upright in hard chairs (especially church pews on Sunday) and standing still upright are the worst, followed by driving in a car close behind. During those times pain levels hit 8-9, pain pills don't help much.
The only things that help are laying down and reclining back in padded chair with heat.
I've only had 6 therapy sessions so far but doesn't seem to be helping. Hand peddle bike, Stretching and traction for the most part. Yesterday's hand peddle bike seems to be hurting my shoulder though.
Talked to Dr yesterday about Steroid injections. Was pretty much told it was that or he would see me in a month or so for refills of my pain meds. I've done cortisone shots into my feet before (I have gout flare ups also) and they have worked wonders, but I'm nervous about getting a shot around my spine. But I do see this as the next probable step cause I can't keep dealing with this pain and the meds. By the time I get home from work (with 1 hour commute each way) I'm in a good amount of pain and quite grouchy (according to the Misses). Then I take more pain pills and feel too foggy to function normal.
Well, so far that's my story in a nutshell. Feels good to put it out there as the Misses isn't very sympathetic when it comes to doctors, pains and sickness.
Thanks for allowing me a place to vent.