I'm new here but have been reading quite a bit on the forums since my journey began on the 7th of October.
A quick run down, I am 28 and woke up in terrible pain on the 7th of October. I haven't slept a full night in my bed since this pain started and the pain has rarely ceased. After getting the usual run around from Doctors, including 6 initial GP visits with nothing but pills thrown at the problem, one ER visit, two physio appointments, an X-ray, an ultrasound, a CT scan and an MRI, I have been referred to a neurosurgeon for a 5mm protruding disc between C5/6 which is compressing the nerve and causing spinal stenosis (it's pushing my spinal cord to the left). While I am waiting for the specialist appointment I am seeing a chiropractor twice a week. He seems great and has been working on my whole back, not really using any traction methods on my neck so far and no real change in my pain levels.
I am in some level of pain (and numbness) all the time even though I am on 300mg of lyrica and almost 4000mg of panadol osteo each day. It is far worse at night and I rarely sleep for more than 2 hours at a time, some nights I only sleep 4 broken hours.
Has anyone had success seeing a chiropractor or am I just paying a charlatans mortgage?
Is this amount of protruding disc alot? I haven't been told if it is bad or mild?
It has been a terrible experience for me and has shaken up our whole lives (my husband and I) I was studying remedial massage full-time and now I can only do the theory side of my course and if I can't get this sorted by the end of January 2017 I can't go back to finish. I haven't been able to massage since it happened and I can see myself falling behind.
Is it unrealistic to think I will be able to get back to my course and massaging by the end of January?
Thank-you lovely people for reading, I have had so many people telling me what I 'should' do and try but I want some advice from people who have been through it.