I don't have a particular question as I am pretty clued up on everything but would just like to share my story and see your thoughts.
About 5 months ago I woke up in agony which was very different to any pulled muscle pain I have had before. I had trouble dressing, washing and doing my hair. At one point I had pins and needles in my arms but it did all settle with physio and pain relief but since I have never returned to how well I was before.
1 month ago the severe pain returned. It took me 2 hours to get out of bed and finally got to the GP in tears. She felt it was muscular but referred me for more physio and an MRI scan to be sure. The pain continued to get worse and I started taking diazepam which has been the only drug that works. I began to get numbness and pain down my arms. NSAID's do bugger all for the pain and to be honest I do not want to get into that category of someone who is a chronic pain sufferer.
At this point I was referred to a neurosurgeon. Yesterday the results of my scan came back and I have a disc prolapse in C4/C5 that is slightly touching my spinal cord.
The plan is not surgery but to try steroid injections. I have now had about 20 sessions of physio, acupuncture, used a TEN's machine (amazing!), heat, rest and I think I manage the pain pretty well. Admittedly some days are good and some are horrible. My thoughts are that steroid injections will just mask the problem the underlying unstable disc will still be there to cause trouble in the future.
It doesn't help that due to a few mess ups I don't trust my neurosurgeon; an initial incorrect MRI scan interpretation, the prescription of pain meds that due to my past medical history I can not take, his insistence that it was muscular in nature then admitted it was a disc prolapse and his referral to being of "moderate build" in his clinic letters (petty I know but I am a size 12!).
Plus he just doesn't listen to my concerns or given me any reassurance. He shows no compassion for my current situation and just smiles when I try to explain how this is affecting me. I went to him for a diagnosis and a fix and not for pain relief advice. He also makes me feel that I am making it up. So tomorrow I am seeing another surgeon for a 2nd opinion tomorrow and I'm continuing to be having a bad week with the pain (I guess stress has not helped).
I'm 32, have no kids but was planning start thinking of a family, a successful career, a budding relationship, a very busy active life and this is ruining everything. I refuse to be this incapacitated at this age.
I must admit that the thought of spinal fusion makes me feel sick but there are some minimally invasive procedures I have been looking at that I would like to try. I honestly can not continue for much longer this way and emotionally it is knocking me for six.
I am not prepared to give up an easily as I really want to get this fixed as soon and as smoothly as possible.
Wish me luck for tomorrow's appointment