Ok, where to begin? Approximately 5yrs ago I suffered a herniated disc at c5-c6. I was quite young (25yrs) and it came out of thin air. After about 2mo of chiropractic care and general physician I was referred to a spine surgeon and had an MRI and diagnosis above. Started PT and within a month or two, was 100% back to normal. To add my pain stayed localized to my neck, I never felt any nerve pain or shooting pain or anything to indicate nerve involvement. I had long forgotten that pain until one morning, about 5-6wks ago, I awoke with that awful feeling of a "crick" which quickly became clear to me with worsening symptoms, it's the disc is rearing its ugly head again.
So here's what I'm struggling with... the pain quickly turned from my neck (which itself doesn't hurt at alll now) to down my shoulder blade and into my arm. I have no insurance but saw my chiro and was feeling 75% better after 3-4 visits over a two week period. Then BAM, pain comes back with a vengeance. Wonder if chiro is bad idea? Visit a good friend who's a well regarded physical therapist and she does tens, gentle manipulation, and traction. I'm feeling 75% better again at this point. Repeat visit in a weeks time, feel 100% WORSE... that nerve is screaming at me now down both arms and almost a creepy crawly restless type sensation.
Also, every exercise I try only increases the nerve pain. Chin tucks, nerve glides, you name it and I've tried it. It never reduces the pain, it intensifies it.
Every day feels like a roller coaster of pain and I'm trying but becoming quite defeated. I have three young kids, one of which is 10mo and requires being carried quite a lot. My husband helps in the evenings but I'm a stay at home mom, so their care is all mine all day, every day.
Some days are decent and I think: ok I can handle this.... just to be blindsided the next day with pain. I am taking anti inflammatories, a mild muscle relaxer at bedtime, and received a "long acting" steroid shot from my primary physician.
All this rambling to say I'm terrified a) I won't heal
b) I need surgery and am without insurance c) by a delay in proper treatment I may live with chronic pain.
I would LOVE to hear some non surgical success stories. And maybe what your personal healing process was like? Weeks? Months? Has the pain stayed gone for a long period of time? I honestly feel lucky it's been 5yrs without any issue whatsoever... but this isn't going away and I'm feeling very defeated and sad. I'm a young (normally) active and very happy person. Pain changes your ability to function physically and I'm learning it quickly takes a toll on your ability to remain happy and positive.
Any advice or personal stories are so welcome! If nothing else, thanks for the vent