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Herniated disc c6 c7, what are my options?

Posted: Sun Feb 28, 2010 10:48 pm
by playdontpreach
Hello, my name is Ray and I am 24 years old. When I was 18 I suffered a spinal injury. After several trips to specialists, x-rays, an MRI, and an EMG, it was determined that I had herniated a disc in my lower cervical spine. The result of the injury limited the use of my right hand, however, over time I've regained full use. Except if put pressure across the top of my forearm I can feel a burning pain along what I am assuming is a nerve pathway. It was a sports related injury, and when it happened I believe I was fairly close to paralysis for a few minutes, at least that's what it felt like. It was basically like a 'stinger' only my entire body neck down, as well as almost complete numbness. And after the adrenaline rush wore off, I could feel the nerve pathways leading up my shoulders, down my arms, and through every finger. It felt like someone took a knife, heated it 'til it was red hot, and dragged it along my nerve pathways, only it was pulsing.

I deal with pain every day, the muscles in my back surrounding the injury are constantly knotted terribly. My friend whom is a massage therapist told me I had the worst knots she had ever felt. Sudden impacts, even small ones; like jumping up and down, cause me to feel a sensation of numbness in my neck and arms, primarily right arm, as well as a more tolerable version of the burning pain I described earlier. Some days I wake up, and my neck's range of motion is almost nonexistent, and trying to force it causes unbearable pain. I'm constantly afraid that I'm going to get in a car accident, or have some accident that might worsen my condition, even possibly paralyze me. I've been going through a lot of stressful things lately as well, in every facet of my life, and I feel like this is making it worse.

I don't have health insurance, and I barely make enough money to pay my bills and feed myself. My quality of life has suffered for 6 years now, especially recently, and I can't take it anymore. This is ruining my life, and I desperately need help.