some background, 44 year old male, married, two kids under 4, 3 dogs and have always been very athletic.
In 2003 I had my first microdiscotomy of L1/S5, in 2013 I had my 2nd microdiscotomy of L1/S5 but this time the disc rupture caused some nerve damage in my left foot.
About 9 months ago I started having some pain in my right shoulder blade, sort of like someone punched me in the back, as well as pain in my right arm, especially my forearm. The pain was always there.
I have been diagnosed with Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease and Cervical Spinal Stenosis. I have been doing physical therapy for the last 4 months.
I have had 1 course of oral steroids, and 2 shots into my upper back. It has been almost a month since the last shot and the pain has comeback in my right shoulder/blade/trap area. When the pain was the worst I could not go to physical therapy, was having major issues concentrating at work and was miserable.
The shots have been life saver, but the pain coming back has been making me take Ibuprofen or Norco before I go to sleep.
My surgeon, doctor at the pain clinic and my physical therapist have all said to avoid surgery at all costs.
Can anyone share any ideas as far as what I should do now. Thanks