Back about six months ago, I had some serious neck pain and swelling. X-rays and MRIs determined that I have cervical spinal stenosis. It's a rather chronic condition which has good days and bad days. It will probably get progressively worse, to the point that I will need surgery. I have been dealing with a recent flare-up these past few days. I lose the ability to use my arms and move my neck. I become fairly immobile.
I've been trying acupuncture, anti-inflammatories, pain meds, ice and rest with limited success. I don't relish being high and doped up on drugs. Time to get more proactive. I've made an appointment with my family doctor for early next week. I want her to refer me to a specialist. From what I've read, physical therapy and possibly a neck support collar may help. I'll also contact my massage therapist for cranio sacral work and massage. I will schedule more acupuncture, as funds permit.
I'm starting to get very concerned about losing muscle strength in my arms. I really enjoy using my arms and hands.
Currently, I can sit around with my iPad and read books. I haven't been able to shower in days. Im unable to lift my arms above my head or even to tilt my head upwards. I want to do things, but I have to honor where my body is at. My boys are learning to take direction, as they have to lift and move everything , from clothes to pots, pans and plates. I can still feed myself...Yay!
Anyway, cervical spinal stenosis is another one of those invisible ailments. I look healthy from the outside, but I walk and move stiffly. I'm just sayin'