Pinched nerve in my neck would be fine in a few days. That's what the Dr in Emerge said last Oct, and gave me some pain killers.
Pain killers didn't work and got to see my Dr about 2 weeks later.
Someone put a tourniquet on my upper left arm (high up) and kept tightening it, NO relief. Then all the other muscles, large and small, go into spasms that don't stop.
Baby finger and ring finger go numb and my thumb, forefinger and middle finger have pins and needles.
At times the pain shoots down my arm right to the finger tips.
I'm refereed to MRI. I have a herniated disc C6 C7 just above T1. I am refereed to a neurosurgeon; put on muscle relaxants and better pain relievers. That was Dec 23/08.
I have seen my Dr 3 times since then; no news from the Neurosurgeon's office.
It has been over 4 1/2 months. I have been doing exercises I've learned from previous therapies for whip-lash, small nerve trouble, and back problems.
I'm down to 2 muscle relaxants and my other pain management Med's. It is surprising what the body can do in trying to heal itself.
I understand about burning pain, shooting pain, tingles in the finger that hurts so bad, that it hurts more if anything touches them. The fire type pain that nothing can relieve.
I found that Myoflex helped.
Right now if I saw the surgeon, I wouldn't have it done. The numbness is minimal, the spasms all but gone, the tingling is 24/7 but also minimal// easily tolerated. If it wasn't for the fact; if I move the wrong way the pain is not the least bit tolerant in letting me know,,, that also goes for the tingling that involves the whole hand (left shoulder, shoulder blade, upper arm, under the arm at the side. This is all on the left side.
My right leg decided that it needed attention too. Bad pain (not sciatic). Could have been from protecting the left side so guardedly.
Relaxing is about the best thing to do, tensing up only makes it worse( try telling muscles in spasm to relax).
Wow looking back at this, I really spilled out all over the place.
I didn't know there are so many people with pain and symptoms so closely like mine.
I'm very fortunate that my therapy is working to control the situation. Pain management... in working with my body, and getting to a lower dose of medication..................I really don't want to have surgery..........I'm hopeful that the therapy will be enough.
Best wishes for all of us to become more comfortable and have less pain. That we can get back to a more active life style. Di.
Edited by: GDY2SHUZ at: 2/25/2009 (22:47)
'Di' NW ON.
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