spinal stenosis referred shldr pain severe chronic radiating both arms!
I am a 52 year old woman diagnosed 6 years ago with spinal stenosis at c3-c4. Pain began 4 years prior as acute severe debillitating episodes on either side of the neck. The acute symptoms disappeared but were replaced with chronic severe lateral shoulder pain in both shoulders. Rx multiple pain meds, anti-depressant meds, physical therapy, chiropractic massage therapy, TENS,EMS. Pain continued to increase and extends to elbows upper and lower arms into hands now with numbness occurring in both arms and hands depending on sitting position and duration. I am very physically active and must remain so. Have received steroid injections and finally referred for orthopedic neck surgery. At the time referred to orthopedic surgeon, had great job with good insurance. Surgeon wnated to verify MRI RESULTS ordwring a spinal tap.. Idea of a spinal tap scared me to death and the risk of possibly losing rotation flexion and extension of head resulting of surgery, persuaded me not to pursue surgwry. Now unemployed without insurance,and pain at the point of intermittant sleeping, not wanting to sleep, waking up in tears,and just at a point where I would give anything to be pain free for one day I thought I would share a little here.
I find that ice packs are wonderful followed by floating in a hot hot bath followed bt ice packs. I have recently been looking into laser surgery techniques and wondered if anypne has had any experience with the options? thx so much fopr listening