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Hello everyone! I am a nurse from NY, recently diagnosed with DDD and Myofascial Pain Syndrome. There is also a "pending diagnosis" of fibromyalgia although it may be disallowed since there is a definitive diagnosis of DDD and I guess 8 out of the 11 necessary pressure points aren't countable. It's WC so that's a whole separate headache.
I have a herniation at C4, disc bulges at C3-4, C4-5, and C5-6. I was put on restrictions, did conservative treatment but it is listed as chronic as it went 3 years undiagnosed and did not self-resolve. I was injured again about 2 months ago while at work and am now having pain in my upper back that is not receiving treatment yet as it may be considered another injury and I have to wait for the insurance company to decide whether they want to cover me or not. I get daily headaches, some migraines/tension. I have daily pain ranging from 4/10 at baseline to up to 8/10. I never rate higher than that because I've had 4 c-sections and one was under-medicated... that was 10/10... this doesn't quite compare to that! I do not have any pain management although I was sent to a PMD. She told me my herniation was not that significant ("I've seen much worse..." and prescribed me Neurontin; told me I could get the epidural at a later date if that didn't help. Ugh.
I am on Neurontin, Flexeril, and Meloxicam which helps with the arm pain minimally but doesn't touch the pack pain nor does it alleviate the numbness/burning. It was left side only but now I'm feeling discomfort in my right arm and hand, lower back, upper back, and both legs. Those are new onset pains. I am currently out of work, dealing with daily pain, weakness, fear, frustration, insomnia, fatigue... you get the idea. I was referred to this forum by a fellow spine injury friend and I'm glad to be here.