I was involved in a head on collision in November of 2006. I have bulging disks at c5-c6, c6-c7 with moderate foraminal stenosis and significant degenerative disc disease. Focal central herniated disc at c5-c6.
My symptoms are as follows:
neck pain (tightness, heavyness, burning, sharp pains, tightness of muscles)
arm pain (heavy, throbbing pain from elbow down to my hand, burning, very sensitive to touch, weakness, pain when holding arm above shoulder level)
hand: numbness, burning pains, warm and sweaty at times, goes completely numb and swells when I try walking or exercising and starts to tingle & burn
shoulder & right brachial plexis region: very tight, burning, tightness of muscles, "knots" in shoulder blade, etc.)
I don't ever have a day that I don't hurt, but the levels of pain do vary. I have noticed when I am sad or depressed my pain magnifies. If I sit at a computer for longer than 15 minutes I am almost in tears. I have to lay completely on my back with a towel rolled under my neck and look up at the monitor in order to not hurt. The pain decresases alot when i have a solid pressure (rolled towel, hard temperpedic pillow) pushing right up on the discs. When I exercise, do physical stuff, carry my purse on my right side - it increases. I have been through a year of physical therapy, and tons of different prescriptions. The doctor has just said to go to pain management but that doesn't give me anything but more meds to alter who I am. PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will go to any specialist that thinks they can help. I was told by one doctor he suspected I had RSD but then he retired. It's been a nightmare and I just want answers to help me get the right help! I am only 26 years old and everything I do now is so limited. I can't even hold my nephew and this is killing me!