About 3 years ago I had a bad burning and numb spot behind my right shoulder and the Dr. ordered an MRI for my C spine. At the time I was 27 years old and was expecting it to turn up nothing and be normal. The results showed that I have degenerative disc disease, all disc's are slightly bulged and arthritis in one area that was putting tension on a nerve that was causing the burning and numb spot. I was pretty well shocked at this and he sent me to pysical therapy and oral steroids. It never did get any better.
I'm now 29 and about 3 months ago I started getting sharp pains that shoot up from the back of my neck all the way up to the top of my head and the same type of sharp pains in my arms (mainly my left) and hand. Muscle twitching in my both my thumbs (but mainly my left thumb). I saw my family Dr. about 3 weeks ago with the problems because I can't stand them anymore or the headaches they produce! The Dr. ordered another MRI that I had done 4 days ago to compare and see if my problems have become worse. I don't know the results yet. He also talked about nerve root injections. I have always had problems with needles that have to go further in than a normal shot. He said that the shots are not as bad as it sounds because they now give you a local anesthetic, but for some reason I don't believe him and the anesthetic shot has to go into the same area, so what's the point of having it? I guess I'm a little scared if he wants to have me get one or more.
So, my question is, has anyone had these shots? How bad are they really? Pain wise? Is it worth it?
Thanks in advance for any advice!