I have been battling a number of ailments since being injured several months ago. My injuries included my knees, lumbar, and cervical spine as well as a few other areas.
I have had surgery to both knees and have been treating my cervical and lumbar spine with varying injections.
I knew I had a herniated disc impinging the C7 nerve. Well, last week all hell broke loose. The disk ruptured (herniated) even more and I was in a world of hurt.
The pain was getting worse by the day. I hurt from my neck through my left shoulder down through the arm. I could watch the surface of the skin rapidly twitch, the skin on my forearm was numb, as were my middle fingers.
I went to Urgent Care ( what a joke ) and they sent me home with a muscle relaxer and mild pain killer. Broke right through that.
Next day was the E R. They tried some stonger meds including percocet and fentanyl patch. Broke right through those.
Got an emergency appointment with my spine doc. I walked in crying my eyes out the pain was so bad. They took one look at me, did some quick tests, and did an emergency admit to the hospital. A quick MRI showed the herniation was much worse.
As this was a Friday afternoon no one was going to do surgery unless I was going to die. I had to wait until early the following week. The kept me in the hospital trying to control the pain.
A Neurosurgeon performed the surgery beginning of the week (decompression and fusion) and I went home about 27 hours later!
The pain in my left shoulder and arm is pretty much gone. Fingers are still numb, but hopefully that will resolve itself with time. I was scared to death of the surgery, but am so relieved now that it is done.
After I recoup for awhile we will start back in on the other issues.