When I was playing High school football my senior year I was told I had several hernatieted discs that would/could cause me to pass out if I impacted the area too hard. Essentialy caused by me putting my head down to hit people. Over the years I’ve been in and out of Physical therapy and chiropractic every few years
2 1/2 months ago I went to my primary Physician complaining of shoulder pain. I'm having radiating pain from my upper back close to my elbow. Close to 9 or 10 at times. Sometimes it hurts so bad I have shortness of breath.
I was given Vicodin and sent on my way. Vicodin had no effect. I start seeing a Chiropractor that recommends an MRI after a few treatments. I also started physical therapy.
MRI reveals a bulging disc at C7 and a herniated disk at C6. I was referred to a pain center where I started Epidurals. 3 shots in total. None of them relieving the pain completely and only for a week or so. I was told to stop Physical Therapy and Chiropractic during the injections.
Now the pain center wants to do a Nerve block. What are the chances this would succeed in my case? The pain center says it’s just the next step they take.
I started Tramadol several weeks ago and it seems to take the pain level down to a 5 at times.
I've mentioned this ordeal to people I know and they tell me that if it's been going on for over 2 month they are surprised surgery hasn't been considered yet. How should I proceed?
Should I restart traction? I have an in house traction machine but I've been given several variations on its use etc.