Degenerative disc disease w/stenosis
Hi I am new to the site, I have read many dicussions and thought I would like to share my story and ask for some advise. Last fall I woke up the extreme pain my my shoulder blades and shooting pain down my right arm, I also couldnt hold my hand above my head before it immediately feel alseep, needless to say I was in some pain and bp was up. So I was off to Neuro to get things checked out and the EMG was okay however the nerve study was inconclusive and showed a chronic condition of some sort. I has a cervical MRI done and showed DDD w/bone spurs and stenosis. Well I tried PT however I kept feeling worse and they said until my dr could check things out further I couldnt return. So I do the TENS and neck traction but that only works for awhile. I seem to be in constant spinal pain, mainly my mid back and experience tension headheads at the base of the back of my head.
The thing that has me really confused though is my right middle finger swells to the size of a cigar contantly to the point I can bearly use my entire hand. I went to an arthritis specialist and all my hand xrays and blood work came back normal so really wondering if my diag is correct with DDD. My pain in the arm has since subsided its just the achey, swollen finger and sore spine that has me feeling pretty bad. I also from time to time get upper chest pain, but had a CAT scan and EKG to rule out a heart condition. I feel like mainly my symptoms are targeted on the right side of my body and is where I experience pain the most.
Since the pinched nerve thing that kicked this whole thing off I havent felt quite right since. Could this be some sort of nerve damage that I am experiencing? I am seeing a pain specialist this Friday and maybe they can help me figure this all out. Any thoughts out there with any one experiencing some same issues and feeling your spiraling out of control in this crazy process ....