Boy it sounds like you have two different but major things going on at the same time, and I can see where the one could affect the other, I am enclosing a link about your condition that I found: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1196/annals.1374.042/abstract
Have you been having arm pain or pain in your hands or shoulders? Allot times when the disks in your neck go bad they cause severe arm and neck and shoulder pain.
I do wish you well and hope all works out well for you!
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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, 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 I am White Beard with a White Beard!