I was diagnosed a year ago with 3 prolapsed discs in my neck along with early OA. I've had problems with my neck ever since I had a stupid accident 12 or so years ago (headed what I thought was a HUGE air filled ball, it wasn't!) I have spent a small fortune on osteopaths, physiotherapy and chiropractors over the years and nothing has ever helped.
18 months ago I began to experience tingling in my arm and fingers and numb patches on my index finger and thumb. Saw a GP had an MRI and the it was all revealed. I've since found out that I have another condition which predisposes me to injuries that dont heal well and OA it's called Hypermobility Syndrome and explains other weird goings on like Raynauds syndrome and IBS among other things.
After my DX my symptoms settled down some and the feeling came back in my finger and thumb and I thought everything was going OK, then in Sept 2011 my symptoms began to return (I think the disc slipped further or another has joined the party :? ) worse than before, now I have nerve pain running down both arms, I wake often in the night to find my little finger and inside of the ring finger and side of my hand are numb and very tingly. Now I take so many pain meds (dont know if I'm allowed to mention what or how much here) I rattle. My big prob is I'm having to take diazepam daily to stop the very painful permanent spasms in my neck and buttock. I'm having an Sacro Iliac joint and facet joint injections this month, but the pain dr has booked me in for a nerve block on C6/C7 (i think) too, hopefully will be having all 3 done at the same time. I know what to expect for my lower back injections, but have no idea what a nerve block will be like. has anyone else had this done? is it effective/worth having.
I try to eat a well balanced diet, I move around as much as possible (when I can) I take glucosamine supplements and do my physio/pilates exercises daily, but nothing seems to help past a certain point.
I'm glad to be here and meet people like myself or suffering similar problems.
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