posted on Apr, 8 2021 @ 07:29 AM
First off, I am glad that my situation is not more serious than what it is. I could be in a lot worse shape medically. I have no desire to take away
from those suffering serious medical problems.
That said, pain sucks... I thought maybe a rant might help get things off my chest.
It started in late December. I started getting pain in my shoulder and arm. I figured it was a pulled muscle, and ignored it. Over the next two
weeks the pain increased. It got to the point that all I could do was sit on the couch with an ice pack.
After seeing the doctor, it was decided that there may be a pinched nerve someplace. I did two rounds of Prednisone, with no effect at all.
By this time, the pain was even worse. It felt like someone was cutting me with a razor blade from my shoulder to my wrist, non stop, every moment of
every day. Sleep was all but impossible. There were times I felt like I was just going to go insane from the level of pain. I have never
experienced anything like this in my life. I have had kidney stones, broken leg, broken ribs, prostate infection, NOTHING came even close to the
level of pain I felt with this.
I was referred to pain management to see what could be done. Opioids were the first line. No effect at all. I tried massive doses of OTC, and
natural remedies, as well as creams, ice, heat, etc. Honestly I did not care if I overdosed on them, as long as it would kill the pain. No effect,
none. Chiropractic visits helped for a couple hours at most.
It had been weeks at this point of just agony, no relief at all. My doctor had to fight with the insurance company so I could get an MRI done.
Finally got it approved, another 2 weeks out.
The MRI showed that I had 2 badly herneated discs in my neck. One at the C3-C4 level, and one at the C5-C6 level. I have no idea how they
The pain management doctor got me set up for a Cortosoid injection, but that was another 3 weeks out. In the meantime he put me on Gabapentin, an
anti-seizure med that can also help nerve pain. It took almost 3 weeks to get the dosage right (almost the max does before I saw any kind of relief),
and for it to build up in my system. Those 3 weeks were HELL.
During that period he set me up to se a neurosurgeon to get her take on it. She is recommending an artificial disc replacement at the C5-C6 level,
but wants to give it another couple of months to see if physical therapy, and the spinal injections help.
After the first injection it took about 10 days to see a difference. It helped about 50%. At least I was able to sleep again. I just had the second
spinal injection done on Friday.
The second injection seemed to be working faster than the first. By yesterday, I was pretty much pain free. Some, but nothing like it was back in
Jan. and Feb. For the first time I felt like I could do something. My home business has suffered a lot, since I could hardly use my arm, and jobs
around the house were piling up.
I was able to do some chores with little pain, although my hand would still go numb every few minutes. The numbness is far better than the pain.
Now today, I am hurting again. I guess I did too much yesterday. Pain is not unbearable, but not pleasant either.
I just want to get back to normal, be able to work normal, be able to fix things around the house.