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NilaNNila Posts: 39
edited 01/22/2016 - 10:04 PM in New Member Introductions
*I have questions for anyone who has an answer :D

Hi everyone,

So I was told recently that I have cervical radiculopathy on nerve root C6 as well as a straight neck. I'm 22, lightly active, and I do a lot of office work especially with computers. The ortho told me I didn't have any tumors or herniated discs and that my neck was healthy. I don't know the cause of the compressed nerve in my neck. I'm scheduled to see a chiropractor soon. At first, I was experiencing extreme soreness. Everyday I woke up (for about five weeks) it feel like I got hit by something hard or that I fell extremely hard, when nothing actually happened. I haven't had any injuries, trauma, or whiplash. Then the pain got progressively worse and turned into excruciating pain where it was hard to get myself out of bed because I was in so much pain. I woke up crying in pain without realizing I was actually awake. I'm on several different medications now. They help a little, but it hurts to type, write (the most painful), to tie my shoe, to do my hair, to lift things, to reach down, to get in and out of car, and other random things I cannot think of.

My question is how do you deal with the pain in your everyday life? Does this nerve pain prevent you from participating in activities? Does this nerve pain hinder your ability to do something you usually do?

My other question is how do you sleep? What is the best sleeping position for you? I cannot seem to find a position where I do not find myself in pain. My neck, my arm, my shoulder always end up in severe pain every time I prepare my self to sleep and when I wake up. At that point, it feels like the medication is not working at all. Does anyone else have trouble sleeping comfortably because of this pain?

Is muscle twitching normal with a compressed nerve as well as the feeling that the shoulder is going to fall off or that it feels like it was run over?

I just really hope this pain goes away because I cannot afford an MRI or anything else.

Radiculopathy pain


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 01/22/2016 - 10:01 PM
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  • Kimmy72KKimmy72 Posts: 1,767
    edited 01/23/2016 - 1:17 AM
    I have a herniated disc at C6-7 level, and I feel for you! When it feels like giving me some REAL kicks, I wake up at all hours with the strangest combination of numbness and pain in my right arm. Sometimes the pain extends upwards into my face, but mostly it's the pain in the neck down through my arm that gives me the most trouble.
    I've had two epidural steroid injections in the area--first one lasted a good 6-7 months, but the results from the second one I had in November wore off within a month.
    I bought a pillow with the compressed center(kinda looks like an oblong donut! ). That's helped somewhat with my positioning at bedtime, as it does a pretty good job at supporting the neck.
    I also have a bit of a hard time with doing my hair. I'm constantly switching the brush from hand to hand because keeping my arms over my head for even the smallest length of time causes a heavy, aching sensation (like someone all of a sudden implanted lead weights in my shoulders!).
    Yes, this kind of pain DOES impact your life on a daily basis--hands and shoulders are pretty important to daily functioning, after all!
    Have any of your doctors recommended anything besides medication or seeing a chiropractor? Sounds like the meds aren't doing much for you--are you getting your prescriptions from your primary care physician or do you see a pain management specialist?
    Welcome to the forums! I really hope you can begin to find some ways to cope effectively with what you are going through!
    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
  • Thank you Kimmy! When I first take the meds, I feel less sore and the pain becomes mild. Then when I'm at work I have to type or write or use my right arm/hand for something; that's when the pain comes back. I don't know how to avoid the pain when I have to do my job? How do you manage when you're at work or out and about? The pain remains mild only for a short period of time and then it comes back again. I'm not sure what to do.
  • About short-acting versus sustained-release medications? The fact that you do get SOME relief from medications suggests that it IS working, but might not be the right form of it for your particular situation.
    Pain management is just such a tricky venture. ..some people find their ideal "blend" of pain relief techniques with lightening speed, but for others, the best course of action takes time to get figured out. Don't give up!
    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
  • NilaNNila Posts: 39
    edited 01/24/2016 - 8:08 AM
    Thank you! I hope the pain fades soon, I'm not sure how I'm going to workout or do any activities for that matter if it continues. I guess I'll have to find a new hobby :/
  • Is that there are so many hobbies out there to choose from. ..the search alone should be interesting--and a pleasant distraction from the pain. ..:-D
    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
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