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Hello. I am not
actually new to pain. It’s something
that I have been dealing with more than
half of my life at this point and it’s getting pretty hard to deal. I am a 34 year old woman, and this is my
age of 15 I was in a minor car accident when my friend ran into a cattle
fence. From then on I had neck and
shoulder pain. I would cry and beg my
mother to help me. Not knowing what else
to do, she took me to a chiropractor.
This was 19 years ago, so forgive me if the details are a little
fuzzy. He said that I had 4 cervical “ligaments”
out of place and started working on me.
After visiting him I would always feel better, and the next day I would
just cry to go back. Unfortunately I was
raised by a single mother who barely got by and at some point, the chiropractic
visits stopped. Looking back, I am sure
that those are classic whiplash symptoms.
was a child I used to “pop” (or sublux) my shoulder joints. I had no idea what I was doing to
myself. My right shoulder has dislocated
over 10 times since I was around age 15. Neither of my shoulders have
dislocated for the past decade because I have A LOT of anxiety surrounding
this, and everything in general really. I baby my shoulders. I raise them, but would never do certain
motions with them as the orthopedic surgeon stated that I had multi-directional
instability in my shoulder. He said I could have physical therapy or surgery.
Surgery would just need to be repeated though, as my shoulder would stretch
back out with time. The physical therapy
hurt, and the surgery never happened.
now, physical therapy for my shoulders and my neck hurt and I am too afraid to
do it. I feel something badly wrong in
both and no one seems to worry about it.
They just send everyone to PT. Everytime I try, I end up stopping
because of the pain.
10 years ago while working at a call center, typing all day, I noticed my right
hand and fingers hurting. It has
bothered me off and on all this time. I
finally had it checked out this year. I
had an EMG study and they determined that I have an ulnar nerve entrapment,
MAYBE. My ulnar nerve is affected for sure, but they don’t know that it goes
any further up and the ulnar nerve needs to be released first and blah blah
past 1-2 years in general my health has gotten worse. I made a career move and now I sit all day
typing and scrolling, at a production level.
So basically, I am living in repetitive injury city! My neck and shoulders have always hurt me
every day, most of the day. Now my pain
is worse. The activities I can do has decreased. It hurts so bad all the time. I finally had a cervical MRI that shows 3
bulging discs, with a protrusion superimposed on one of the bulges which is
diffuse. It showed no narrowing of the
spine. That was almost a year ago. What
have they done to help me? Nothing. Physical therapy. But I hurt so much that I don’t want to do it
while I’m hurting (I’ve tried) and when I’m not hurting, I don’t want to make
get to the issue that brings me today.
Yes, it’s not even all of that. That, I have dealt with. Maybe a little over a month ago? My upper back started having a nerve
issue. I know what a nerve feels
like. The burning, numbness, tingling,
pain. It goes from my spine all the way
over to my left shoulder. The only way to make it stop is to lean really far
back and push my chest WAY too far out to remain comfortable. The only time it does not happen is when I
lay on my back. Now its not just the
nerve. I have a fist sized area on my
left upper back where pain just emanates from.
When I turn my head, my body, when I sit down. It’s as if someone has a
hold of me right there and won’t let go.
They have me pinched in their hands and everytime I move I feel them
pulling on me. I have also been having the pain move over to the right side as
well. I have not worked a full work week since this started. I have been
missing 1-2 days a week.
to the doctor for this also and had an x-ray that showed I may have lost some
height in my spine. I already knew that
because the back doctor had already let me know I have mild scoliosis and the
curve in my cervical spine is reversed.
I was sent for an MRI. One where
I was laying on my back *where I experience no symptoms*. It showed nothing in my thoracic spine. It
did however, confirm the bulges seen on my cervical MRI and it did mention a
slight narrowing of the AP canal.
this is a lot for me to expect anyone to read, but I do not know what to
do. It seems like something is seriously
wrong with me. This back issue is the worst, so if anyone can relate to those
symptoms I would be so relieved. Also, if anyone can related to all of my
health issues as a larger syndrome that would be helpful. I didn’t mention that I am having a lot of
hip pain in both hips almost daily. Both
of my wrists and hands hurt also. Sorry
for the long story. Thanks for reading.