Disk Degeneration C5-C6 with spurs from c4-c6. Reverse curvature
I have no where to turn and so I turn to you. First my story, I am 33, academic, overwight who used to be a sportsman. I had felt myself invincible for so many years until just 3 weeks ago.
I had a ultra long flight (20 hrs) and the following day I felt a aching neck and realised I cannot bend my head back much as there will be an acute pain. This pain started shifting down to my right deltoid and no matter what I did it simply does not go away. Sleeping became a nightmare, the only way I could have some temporary relief is if I lift my right hand above my head. I figured its a neck sprain or something. I basically ignorned it for the entire week and continue flying... I flew close to 90 hrs in 10 days actually... which was agony and I guess made things worst.
When I finally got back home, the pain was simply too much, I looked for my GP who prescibled strong pain-killers (day 8-9) and suggested I do a xray (which I did) with the pain killers, I was finally semi-painful and could rest properly. In fact by day 11 and 12 I felt good enough to stop pain meds altogether. The pain is now more like a dull ache that comes on an off. I still cannot really bend my head back much (less pain but still there when I bend). I thought I have finally made a turn for the better...until...
Day 13, I saw my x ray results... cervical spondylosis (reverse lordonsis at c5-c6 with disk narrowing and muscule spasm), small spurs at c4-c6 as well...conclusion disk degeneration at c5-c6. He recommended an orthepdic to have a better diagnoisis...at that time...my felt my stomach came up my throat... it got worst that day when i started to realise my right arm seems weaker now..not a lot but noticeable.
Since then, its day 20 now, I have seen the orthepdic would recommended I do an MRI to be sure and I am awaiting to do it next week. I virtually have no pain now. I can bend my head more or less all the way back with only a very small dull ache. In the morning at times I can still feel a slight ache in the right neck. I still feel a slight stretch on my right collar if I titl my head left. I think my right arm is still weaker... I got no numbness, no tinglinging, no pain except some dull ache once in a while (nothing compared with what I had in the beginning).
In truth, although I feel physcially better now (3 weeks from start of pain) than at week1, inside I just feel worst. Its 80% mental angish and 20% physcial issue...Waiting for the MRI, I keep thinking maybe all this is just really a sprain that pushed the spurs to "touch" the nerve or this or that or .....this mental agony is simple horrible.
Sorry for such a long thread. I just needed to vent a little. Anyone has similiar issues?