Three weeks ago today I woke up unable to move my head at all (in any direction) and ended up in my doctor's office where he gave my 5 injections of novocaine. He thought I had bad upper back spasms on the right side. I went to his office 7 times. He gave me 7 more injections into the upper back muscles on the right side because of the intense muscle spams. I also had Matrix therapy which is a machine that has several black suction cups that are placed on the effected area and emit electrical currents into the muscle and massage. The neck pain and spasms put me in bed for 10 days straight. My spasms started to subside and then nerve pain began from my spine, through the backside of the shoulder, in front of the shoulder, down through the bicep, into my elbow, throughout the forearm and ending at the wrist. Never in my life have I experienced pain like this! The last time I saw him, I insisted on a MRI scan.
Last Friday I had the MRI scan done and my doctor shared with me via phone that I have suffered a disc extrusion between C5 and C6.
Has anyone else had this type of injury and what was your experience, treatment and recovery? I want to get back into the gym so bad but even regular walking is a chore with the horrific nerve pain shooting down my right shoulder and forearm. :-(
I will go see my doctor again tomorrow morning to discuss what is next. I am terrified of surgery but need to get back to work and back into the gym.
I train martial arts three days per week, weight lift three times per week and also do cardio workouts. Now I am literally out of commission with this injury and it's "killing me!"
Thank you for your responses.