sorry for the super long post -- I was frantic whenever I wrote it and just sort of ended up going on a rant.
suffice to say i've had an MRI and have been diagnosed with a right sided disc herniation at the c6-c6 level. its pressing against my spinal cord and I have something called " foraminal stenosis", so I guess the root nerve is being pinched too. from what I've read this situation is actually a lot worse than just a plain old herniated disc.
I've had the pain since January -- since that time it has sort of come and gone in waves. it's always there, but some weeks much much worse than others. I've had a few days here and there where the pain was almost gone -- and for a few hours I'm in a blissful state of total normality.
I've had a single epidural steroid injection into my cervical spine -- the shot took over two weeks to really kick in and only lasted a couple of weeks after that.
the pain kicked in again last Friday and since that time my life is a living hell -- its so much worse than it ever was before the shot. this concerns me greatly.
my primary question at this point -- when does this situation become an emergency? to be honest, it almost seemed like the pain was slowly getting better up until the point I had the epidural. it never went away after that, but it kept tapering off slowly and steadily. and then suddenly one day BAM, its back and probably 100% worse than ever.
i've had kidney stones and I have to say -- this is on that level of suffering. i can't lay on my back at night, I can't sit in a chair, I can't ride my bike. I'm a 32 year old male and I'm in pretty good shape -- I fear this is going to rob me of some of the best years of my life if I can't get this nipped in the bud.
i have an appointment next week with a spine specialist. i'm hoping he has some ideas to help ease this pain.
i called my old ortho and finally convinced him that he needed to refill my prescription for hyrdocodone -- i don' think i had made it clear to him that there was a two week lapse between the medicine running out and the appointment with the next doctor.