I have just been diagnosed with degenerative arthritis, herniated discs and retrospondylolisthesis of the cervical spine. I have been experiencing problems with my neck (burning, pins and needles, spasms) which has now encompassed my shoulders, hands and arms. I was only diagnosed in March 2009 and have been trying to find out more about these conditions.
I had a nerve root block injection in May 2009 and have been having physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and have now started acupuncture. I feel confused and let down by my consultant who on my last visit said if I was any older she would recommend decompression and fusion surgery immediately. As I am 48 years old (been having problems with neck for the last 3 years), she said that she wanted to try these therapies first before surgery. Other than that she didnt seem at all concerned. Perhaps I am just another face to her?
At the moment these therapies are not working and my symptoms are now getting a lot worse. I have now started to feel that my legs are very heavy and my toes on my left foot are numb.
Does anyone suffer from these conditions? Feel confused and am fed up with having to take large doses of pain relief on a daily basis. Over the last 2 months the pain has often been horrendous and I would just like to think that there are other people out there who might be fellow sufferers and how have they been treated etc.
I live in Wales, UK, so the treatments offered might be different to the USA etc. Any help or advice would be really appreciated.