*I have questions for anyone who has an answer
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