I am an otherwise healthy 30 year old female. I am approximately 5'6" and 115 lbs and until the past three years have been very active and athletic (with no history of injury). I initially began to have intermittent back pain at age 19, while participating in intercollegiate volleyball. Prior to college I played multiple sports and participated in gymnastics for 10-12 years. Initially, the pain seemed to be in my shoulder and would subside with rest. Over the next ten years it began to worsen, rather than being intermittent it became constant, but tolerable. In 2002 I saw an orthopedic surgeon who ordered an MRI of my neck and shoulder. He then referred me to physical therapy which did not help. Honestly, I think he thought I was one of those young, suburban pill heads looking for Valium and pain meds....to the contrary. Over the next two to three years I remained fairly active although I quit playing volleyball all together. Approximately three years ago the pain began to gradually get much worse, but was tolerable with NSAIDs and rest. Now looking back, my exercise regimen has basically stopped. I saw another physician two years ago who recommended cerival traction and a tempurpedic pillow which did help....making the pain managable. During the previous few months of 2007 the pain has become constant, burning and nearly unbearable. It begins at the lower cerival spine, goes down to about the level of the inferior scapula and curves out towards the triceps in the arm. The more activity I do during the day, the worse it gets...traveling into the arm. I, also, sometimes feel as if I get a "stinging sensation on the righ side of my rib cage if I take a deep breath. If I do an extraordinary amount of activity, I perceive weakness in the upper extremity. I had an MRI done in April 2007 of the cervical spine showing two laterally herniated discs. The MRI was looked at by a neurosurgeon who said I am too young to have surgery and prescribed Voltaren and Flexaril. At this point, I go to work, come home and go to bed. I feel like I have the flu all the time. I can't work out, I can't carry anything over five pounds, I can't fold laundry, I can't clean my house. I literally come home and go to bed. I am newly married and would like to start a family but feel like I am unable to accomplish the daily tasks of managing a household and a child. I won't even go into how this effects my relationship with my husband. I am even finding myself slacking off at work. I just don't know what to do next....I have tried the following: NSAIDS, muscle relaxants including valium and flexaril, stretching, physical therapy, massage, acupuncture, trigger point injections into the muscle, rest, heat, lidoderm patches, vicodin, chiropractics, cervical traction, tempurpedic pillow, prednisone, etc. Am I supposed to lay around until I am 50...suddenly "old" enought to have surgery? I can't even live a normal life at age 30! I have hundreds of thousands of dollars of student loans to pay back and can barely work! I can't exercise and feel terrible. I am wondering if I should try to get a thoracic spine MRI as well....I would greatly appreciate any suggestions concerning diagnosis or treatment as this situation is becoming increasingly depressing by the day.Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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