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Good morning all, I am new to this so please let me tell you my story.
About 2 months ago I started getting a dull ache in my left shoulder. I never associated it with past neck pain that I have had on and off all of my adult life. I work full time as a medical secretary for a very busy general surgery office, so I'm on the computer and phones all day long. I noticed the pain in my shoulder more when I was driving to work in the morning. A little over a month ago the pain started to inensify so on 10/5/16, I went to my primary care office and saw a sports medicine doctor there who dignosed me with bursitis and did a cortisone injection in my shoulder. That did nothing for me so and I wasn't happy with how that doctor pretty much brushed me off, so I saw a orthopedic group who did an xray, ordered pain meds, and ordered an MRI of my shoulder, thinking it was a torn rotator cuff. That was 10/17/16. The next morning, 10/18/16, I woke up in excruciating pain and every movement of my left arm caused pain shooting through my shoulder and down my arm. I was scared so I went to the ER, where they did nothing for me but give me more pain meds. Please keep in mind that I can't take pain meds at their full dosage as it makes me incredably dizzy and nausous, so I tend not to take them, instead I just live with the pain. I left the ER and was scheduled for the MRI of my shoulder on 10/19/16. I saw a shoulder surgeon afterwards on 10/21/16 who said, oh no, this is not a shoulder injury but rather a pinched nerve in my neck. He did an xray of my neck which showed my neck to be straight and starting to curve in the wrong direction and most likely compression somewhere between c4 and c7. Based on that he put me on high dose steroids for 6 days and referred me to pain management/neck specialist and prescribed physical therapy. I have the appt with the neck specialist on 11/9/16 (I've had to wait since the 21st for this appt) and have had 5 sessions of PT so far, with tractions, massage, and some light excersize on the hand bike and with bands. None of it is working. My pain fluctuates between a 5 and 10 on the pain scale. Today is an 8 and I had PT this morning. I ice and heat all day long. I have been out of work since the 18th of Oct and I can't afford to miss anymore but can't go back til the neck specialist signs off on me returning. When I see the neck specialist on the 9th, I'm hoping for a cortisone injection in my neck and a new MRI of my neck since they did my shoulder last time.
My symptoms have progressed to constant pain in my left shoulder/behind my shoulder blade, all the way down my arm into my hand, and my thumb, index, and middle finger are 100% numb, no feeling what-so-ever. There isn't much I can do due to the pain intensity and it drives me crazy. I'm 35 years old, a wife and mother to two daughters, my 17 year old lives with her father an hour away and my 8 year old lives with me and my husband.
I don't know what else to do to deal with the pain. I take 1 half of a hydrocodone once a day because I am afraid to take more than that. I feel lost, depressed, and like there is no end in sight. I found this site hoping to get some advice and reassurance on what I can expect.
Thank you all for your time.
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