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I have been suffering from neck/shoulder pain (sometimes goes into my arms) for the past 3 months. I have great range of motion. I am only 24 years old and it great physical health. I don't smoke or drink. In short -- I take good care of myself.

I started out doing ice/heat and pain-killers and muscle relaxants. Did not help even a little. After several rounds of the medicine, I got an MRI done. It showed minor disc bulge at C5-6 and a few osteophytes. Then I did physical therapy for 9 total visits. The neck traction initially made my shoulder pain go away, but it flared up the pain in my neck! So, we stopped the traction and continued the rest of physical therapy. Some improvement with this, but then towards the end my neck/shoulder pain is just as bad. I went back to my orthopedist (who recommended the PT) and asked what next. At this point, I was really down in the dumps from the constant pain. The only time I didn't feel pain was when I slept. Well, he recommended a cervical injection. I had high hopes and got that done last Monday. My pain is still just as bad, if not a little worse at times.

I am not taking any anti-inflammatories right now because I wanted to see if the injection would work. I might start taking tylenol -- although I never saw relief from prescription or over-the-counter meds. I really don't know what to do and this is really getting me down. I mean, I should be out playing basketball. Instead, I'm just exhausted from the pain and discomfort all day. I don't think I merit surgery (neither does my doc) and I don't really feel comfortable getting it done as I have heard mixed reviews on its success.

So -- I left a message for my doc. The nurse called back and said he might recommend a second injection in a different spot in case the first didn't take too well. I don't know what my other options are....

I was crying last night. I have already had it rough growing up. The only thing that I always was thankful for was my health. Now, even that is questionable...

Help if you can. Sorry for being a downer. I just want the pain to stop...