C-7 Herniated disc need ?'s answered for peace of mind PLEASE
About a year ago I started noticing my head pulling to the left when I looked down, to cook,sweep etc. but no pain
But pain wasn't far behind!!
It progressed to feelings of tingling in both of my hands , pain acrossed my shoulders and neck, I figured it was stress and maybe poor posture, it continued to get worse and so did the issue with my head pulling to the left until I had to get a cervical collar to wear at work.
I started off with massage therapy, then a chiropractor , then I went to the Dr. She sd. I was perimenapausal and gave me Prozac , it kept getting worse so I switched Doctors and was sent for an MRI which showed a Herniated c-7 disc so I was sent to an Orthapedic Dr who sent me to physical Therapy, when I completed that with No relief I was sent to a pain clinic, I was interested in maybe getting a shot I was told would help, that particular clinic doesn't offer them but they have drugs!! Ugh! I was also sent to a Neurologist who wants to take none from my hip and fuse that into my neck, that scared me and I want something less invasive , the insurance I had at the time was giving me a hard time so the surgery is in limbo, NOW THE REASON IM HERE... I want to know if the symptoms I'm going to list are common with a c-7 Herniated disc.
My left arm feels like I have been lifting weights
The front of my shoulder at times gets sharp stabbing pain and when that happens I can't lift my elbow above my waist
I have (at times) a burning sensation in the top of my head and (at times) in the back of my head
I am in pain CONTINUOSLY!! And the pain in the last week has started running down my spine (are all of these common with a herniated disc???)
The Pain clinic gave me Gabapentin 1600 mg a day
Oxycodone 10 mg 3 x a day
Nucynta 50mg 2x a day
They tried me on morphine and fenynal patches and then the Nucynta xr, the meds are Not Helping the pain, I am Miserable,I would Never consider suicide yet life is not good in this kind of pain!!!!! And I don't want the meds increased, I don't want to end up strung out!! Please give me some input any of you that have been where I am