Hi, I've just found out that I have a c5 herniated disc.
Here's my story.
After many months, maybe a couple of years, the symptoms started to increase. But I wasn't aware of what was coming. Slowly, my shoulder, right one, started hurting. Couldn't seem to calm it. Some days good, in fact almost gone. And then over the past 12 months my right hand started to tingle, a brief electrical shock sensation. Yeah so what working day etc. It'll go away.
I had also been recovering from a cartilage operation on my right knee, thanks to an x hole that smashed through me at a friendly game of football. Not a good 12 months. Not one full nights sleep. I had an exam with my job, an external qualification. Three hours of hand writing, tough going, with the type questions to answer. Little did I know how tough it was going to be.
After weeks of studying, long days at my desk and then evenings too. Also adding, I'd complained to my boss about my seating position at work, cold and awkward, could never get comfortable. The test came along. Wow, tough. I've never failed an exam. Everyone kept telling me I'd pass easily. I struggled... big time. Uncomfortable,headache, back, shoulder, hand and forearm. All thinking it was fatigue. Needless to say, I failed. My boss didn't seem pleased, as if I'd let him down or couldn't be bothered.
I guess what I'm trying to highlight is I had no idea what was coming. I didn't know the signs.
Last month I woke up to increase shoulder pain, much more than usual. I struggled to work, very busy time. That week was bad! I couldn't get a doctors appointment, twice I tried. Then it got too much and I don't usually complain about anything painful. My arm felt as if it were to explode, bicep and then forearm. I massaged them, some relief. I walked into hospital. They said I'd ripped a ligament off my lower arm. No way had I. They spoke to another hospital. I had to then go to that hospital. I arrived. They said that I had broken my shoulder! Ok I was now going crazy. I told them I hadn't done anything to create those injuries... end of conversation. That was 8 hours of pain and inspection, move this look over there. All of which I could have done without! So, I saw a private osteopath, twice, he was ok, but I didn't know if it was curing or damaging. So I then went back to the second hospital and went through another days of move this and look over there. That was really bad too. I then waited a week to see a consultant, pain, so much pain. That appointment arrived. He didn't seem to pleased with the other doctors diagnosis. I'm 99% sure you've hurt your neck. I'll remember that comment.
Two weeks later my MRI scan date arrived. Then another 5 days to the review. In all 5 weeks had gone by since I woke with it. The review was swift. Yes, you've a hernia on your c5/c6. I had been looking on line at such information prior to this to understand if it was a muscle spasm, a brachial plexus injury or a hernia. Now I knew.
I'm now 6 weeks down the line, most of the time laying down, awaiting.... a specialist from another hospital to get in touch with me. My pain has reduced, but does flair up, especially in the evenings? I've read and contacted a couple of similar sufferers of the same condition. But to be honest. I don't know what is coming next.
My work is starting to press me for updates, I don't hold much of an outlook from them. After 15 years, I wouldn't be surprised if they replace me.
Anyway, lots of information, but would be good to hear from similar, pre and post treatment.
Thanks. Ps, written on a tablet, difficult