Hi there I'm a newbie to this site I think it would help having people to talk to who are familiar with my situation or similar issues. I have five disk's in my neck that have lost there water & two of which are impinging a c4 left lateral nerve root and a c8 these disks all have tears prolapses or protrusions one of which is so close to my spinal cord that its very almost touching it. Iv been on the waiting list for pain clinic iv been told to expect an 18 month wait and this was in February! I v done the whole shabam physio, ice, muscle rubs, heat wraps, I take medication such as ibuprofen paracetamol, dihydrocodine, oramorph & occasionally diazepam. I m quite fit & eat lots of fruits and veggies. Iv also had 6 sessions of acupuncture on the Nhs I use tens machine. Well the pain is getting worse it now affects my eyes I get blurred vision, i get tinnitus and terrible right arm and shoulder pain and weakness I paid privately to see a top orthopedic surgeon for his recommendation he tells me that surgery is not recommended as its too risky plus there's multiple disk damage so it would be more than one operation over numerous years there's no guarantee that it will help with the pain so iv been offered facet joint injections on my c4 left joint and my c7 right which causes all the arm shoulder pain.i also have a curvature of the thoracic spine plus a depression of mid thorax. Has anyone had relive from these jabs ?Had anyone got similar symptoms ?im always in chronic pain but I try not to take the medication Daily but then when I get flare ups I usually take the meds every day for a couple of weeks I don't want to become dependant. I now have to have a scan on my lumbar & sacral spine as I get burning and numbness in my legs are my big toe on the right is totally numb does anyone have any questions or suggestions someone said it could all be coming from my neck all the leg and toe problems please my family don't understand and I don't have any friends other than work colleagues who I only see on weekends thanks in advance what should I do? Sorry for ranting I just feel usless and messed up I have to be at my best as I have three kids who need me one of which is 2 yr old Best of luck for all
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