I'm happy to report that my neck feels a million times better than last week. Immediately after I had the shots on Friday my pain level went down even though I was still experiencing the pinching. Saturday the pain was less than the previous day and Sunday was even less than that.
My pain level was at such an acceptable level yesterday that I ventured out of the house and went to my in-laws to celebrate my mother-in-law's birthday. Both my neck and ankle did reasonably well, although I was really wiped out by the time we got home and my ankle was aching a bit. Nothing a little nap couldn't cure! And I really needed it since I was sleep deprived. As usual, the steroids gave me a bit of insomnia. I usually can't sleep the night of the shots, but for some reason I didn't sleep Saturday night instead. And my left knee started hurting on Saturday and is still bothering me today. I swear this also happened the last time I had steroids....I'll just file that under "random weird happenings of my body" :)
So even though the pain was less, I continued to feel the pinching throughout the weekend. Today, I have no pain in my neck and haven't really noticed the pinching. My physical therapist did “the wand” on the spot where I was experiencing most of the pinching last week. Hopefully that will help keep the muscles loose. As far as medicine goes, I've been taking Flexeril 10mg, 3 times per day. I took a Vicodin today...but that was because I was going for PT.
There is still a spot on the back of my neck where the skin is numb, and I'm still totally freaked out by this. Anyone else with neck problems ever experience this? Tomorrow my pain management doctor is back in the office and will let me know about the x-ray readings and we'll discuss if I still need to get the MRI done that I have scheduled for Wednesday.
Many thanks to everyone who kept me in their prayers...they worked :)
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