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Does chronic pain keep developing new thing in the body?

ButterflyPainBButterflyPain Posts: 289
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:28 AM in Chronic Pain
My chronic pain started a little over a year ago. First with headaches, then left sided neck pain and stiffness at night, with some numb tingling in hands. Then the neck pain got worse and went up behind the ear and back of head with head aches, and in the shoulder. Then it went down the left shoulder into the left arm pain. Then it went into my left leg and hip. Then the left arm started having a bit of weakness and my left wrist and hand is weaker with a much weaker grip than my right hand. Then I started getting lumbar pain and mid spine pain especially if I sit a lot lately.

It seems like as the months have gone by in the year all these things popped up. As well as sometimes the pain just gets worse etc, but never different feeling.

My question is, has anyone experience pain developed from an impinged nerve in the c spine and ruptured disc in the c spine? And after a certain time does new things stop popping up and just the degree of pain and weakness changes in the same areas affected?



  • I initially herniated my C5 - C6 disc in 1989 in the US Army. It started with a few shoulder and chest stingers. Within 3 months, I developed all sorts of head symptoms. I would have varying degrees of tingling, tightness, and burning in different areas in the head for the next 17 years. Sometimes I went over a year with hardly any symptoms. Sometimes I had them for a month at a time. Mind you, I never took medicines and lived a fairly high quality of life, doing lots of exercise and sports.

    So the short answer is yes, symptoms can and do change, but it is never simple.

    In my case, the pain cycles became progressively worse. I had one bad episode of pain in 2005, which prompted me to ultimately have a fusion. The subsequent 2 years were diabolically painful, vastly worse than anything I ever experienced. Well, in the last year, I really started to turn around, playing soccer and running often enough. Go figure.

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