i am dennis and i live in the far east and that is the philippines. i am a 46 year old who developed this neck and shoulder pain in 2012. the xray says i have c4c5 spondylosis and underwent physical therapy though on irregular sessions.
by the way, i was diagnosed also in 2010 of a huge liver hemangioma which proved to eventually limit my physical activity ( i used to bike before but since the liver tumor, bending at the midrift later is impossible due to pain). i underwent liver tumor resection last may 15 and i am almost 2 months post op. as you know while recovering from the operation, it further limits my mobility. the pain in the surgical wound is almost gone and can do almost the usual routines and of course walking here and there. now the pain in the neck and shoulder is my main problem. i cannot take nsaids due to my sensitive stomach. i developed gerd when i was diagnosed with that hemangioma and it was the liver tumor that caused that gerd by pushing the stomach to one side limiting its capacity. i was treated with esomeprazole for a year. sorry i have been putting a lot of stories here but somehow they are all interconnected.
i cannot do the usual physical activities yet because of the large wound in the abdomen and healing can take place for a year or three years as they say.
do you think i need to start again with the physical therapy? these are the detailed pt that i was having before in their order of application:
1. hotpacks over tens for 20 minutes
2. ultrasound treatment of the neck and shoulder for 20 minutes
3. callet massage for 20 minutes
4. neck exercises (turning and bending to sides in repetition between 7-10 per session).
do you think i need to be re assessed by my doctor? or consult another rehab doctor?
btw, i have not subjected myself yet to the neck mri. simply my doctor did not ask me to do that.
thank you all and looking forward to your comments
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