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Sandie!
I am so so sorry for everything you are going through. You have come to the right place! There are so many people on this board going through similar things like you that can offer advice or just support. It is really hard to get family members or friends to understand what chronic pain can do to you. They think just b/c you are smiling or you are out that nothing is wrong and the problem is solved...they don't know how hard it is for you to actually get up and put that smile on and not stay at home with muscle relaxers pain killers, heating pads, etc.

Anyway...the best advice I can personally give you is that you need to see a specialist. You need a neuro or ortho suregon your choice. Talk to people..see who they recommend. Those shooting pains down your arm..and that numbness in your hands and in your arms is due to a disc that is pinching on a nerve and causing that. Now the longer the disc sits there the more that nerve is going to be damaged. The one thing i learned is that nerves cannot be fixed...but you can get surgery and get that disc off of that nerve. When I had my surgery at 24 I had the same symptoms and I went in it realistically b/c my surgeon told me....I cannot take away the chronic pain..he wishes he could. He could not take away that neck and shoulder pain it is "learned" pain and b/c of the accident my muscles and tendons became much weaker and can't stand the pressure. However, the one thing he could do for me...and need to do was that he could get the disc off my nerve and I would no longer have shooting pain down the arms and no more numbness/weakness in my arms or fingers. He was right! I don't. I have the chronic neck/shoulder pain and spasms....but my arm and my fingers are once again working. He saved the nerve in time. So...you need to get the disc off that nerve so you can save your nerve from more damage. I hope this helps.

Let me know if you have any questions at all or need to vent!

Mags





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