Pete, obviously your Doc was wrong! It is not fine or OK. Keep track of your pain and symptoms and what you were doing when it occurs, put it in a log or journal, and then call your Doctor, make an appointment to see him and,then bring your journal with you. Explain to him all your problems and what is happening, maybe you jarred something and knocked it out of kilter just enough that it is putting pressure on your nerve roots, which can be harder to see than your spinal cord. I would not let it go, as it doesn't appear to be getting any better does it?
I know my pain Doctor doesn't know if the neurosurgeon can help me or not, but he does want her to evaluate me and see if she can do anything. To be honest I am scared as all get out, about the idea of having surgery again! But my left arm is really getting worse, and I am afraid that I could eventually lose the use of it if this continues! The pain is bad now, but I do know how much worse it can be, and I honestly don't know if I could handle that type of pain anymore! I was a much younger and stronger man when I had trouble with my disc in 85, I am much wiser now than I was back then, but still, I am not that 33 or 34 year serviceman in pretty good condition either! I just don't know!
Anyway I do wish you luck Pete, take care of yourself! We will muddle through this, some way! We really don't have any other choice! At least we know we are not alone in all this, and that in its self helps allot!
Moderator Chronic Pain
I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV