Welcome to Healing Well Chronic Pain Forum! You have received some excellent advice, I think Jag, really gave you the best. The numbness and tingling in the arms is troublesome, and I know I have had three fusions done in my neck, and the ACDF Anterior Cervical Deskectomy and Fusion relieved the arm discomfort immediately! If you are having nerve root impingement, no amount of pain meds is going to fix it, and as Jag indicated it can get progressively worst over time. With the symptoms that you say you are having, I would be pressing the doctors for answers, change doctor if you must, but do not let it go! I am telling you this from personal experience, I had to pound my fist on a doctors desk and demand that he do something about my pain and numbness and tingling in my arms. He finally did a myleogram and I ended up having emergency MRI done and then went to surgery! As I had a massive herniated disk at C-6/7 with free floating fragments in my spinal cannal. I was told I should have been and quadriplegic with all the damage I had in my neck. But my only smyptoms was burning and tingling and numbness in my arms, hands and fingers! Anyway, I was put on allot of different pain meds prior to my final diagnosis, and they did not touch the pain. Until the impingement is taken care of, pain meds will do little,.... as in giving relief!
So when I hear stories such as yours I cringe, I cringe allot! I would not wish my experience on anyone, I think that Jag and most of the others that have had such experiences, would agree with me. So Please get it checked out, and if need be, go to a different doctor, (I went through several before I got answers) But do not sit and suffer!
I do wish you all the best and Good Luck to 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!