I have a disc protrusion in c4-5 and my pain comes in cycles. On average I'll be at a pain level of 2-4. Usually the 4 on my left side. My pain cycle lasts about 3 weeks. I'll have one or 2 days of level 1-2 pain (if i am lucky) then the pain will build in my left shoulder, arm and neck. Then my pain will be about a 4-5, when I lift things or reach, especially above my head the pain will get worse. Then one day I'll wake up and have pain in my neck/shoulder/arm that is a 8-9. When I tip my head back it is the worst. Also if I hit my left arm on something or sit on the floor and put my arm down I will feel like I was struck by lightning through my arm to my neck pain level 10. Then the pain 8-9 will continue for about 5-6 days. I will take vicodin during this time and that will bring the pain to a 4-5. After about 2 days it will go back to being almost pain free (1-2) for 1 or 2 days and then as you can see the cycle starts up again. the cycle used to happen about 3-4 times a year, then last year about 5-6, now this year it is monthly.
I tried physical therapy and that made things worse.
Does anyone else have pain that comes in cycles?
ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011
Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.
Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg