Now it looks like more needles are in my future. Ick. Double ick!
Yesterday I went to see neurosurgery because of increasing pain in my neck. Real pain in my neck, not the literal kind. I do have to deal with the literal pains in the neck (like insurance companies, hospital billing departments, and poor bedside manners). Back in 2014, I was having problems with my right arm. I was sent to see a neurologist to see if there was something going on back in my brain to cause this. (A subtle way to see if there was a 'thingy' in my brain.) There wasn't anything in my brain (except my brain) but there were disc protrusions and bone spurs on my neck.
Jump ahead 2.5 years later and I have increasing pain in my neck, shoulder, and arm. My primary care referred me back to neurosurgery. The neurosurgery physician's assistant said the following:
- Your body may reabsorb disc tissue but will not reabsorb bone so its not going away anytime soon, probably not ever.
- Physical therapy may help so we are going to try that.
- They want a new MRI of my neck (and brain) to get another picture of what's going on and see if there are any changes (read that as growth).
- The next step is needles in my neck sort of like what I get in my spine.