At 61, I finally have developed constant neck pain. My MRI shows spurring at C5/C6 and a moderate bulge of the disc.
If I don't do anything active, the pain is local to the base of my neck and slight numbness in my thumb, index and middle finger.
If I crank my head to far to the left, or look up....I get a sharp pain
I did the 10lb weight restriction for 6 weeks....cheating a couple times, cutting the grass. I have iced regularly and used a Saunders neck traction unit.
Physical therapy is/was a joke. I can do McKenzie neck exercises with my own book. But, if the bulging disc wants to heal by trying to push it back...the arthritis aggravates with the pinching of that movement. Stretch neck to the right to relieve the bone spur pain...and make the bulge worse. Stretch to the left to facilitate the bulge returning to stasis, and the spurring is worse.
What the heck! I hate this. I hear the horror stories of surgery and I just don't see any light at the end of the tunnel.
Is this just the futility of aging? I already have a bad back from running so many years.
Any ideas would be appreciated.