Hi! I have never particpated in a forum before, but I am looking to find some support/encouragement in this new community. I have been suffering from cervical radicolopathy for nearly 4 years now. I'm only 34 years old.
My life has changed so drastically so quickly, I sometimes can't believe it. I can't remember a day not spent pain.
By the end of the night I'm using a stool to get in bed, shifting my shoulders around weird ways to get a shirt on and off. Dreading to reach up to my nightly cleanse and then actually Avoiding cleaning my face properly because it hurts to bend over. Then dreading the hike down the 4 steps to get my heating pack, ice pack and/or robe to waller around my neck to support me while i attempt to sleep. (yesterday I literally felt like my head was too big to be supported on my neck bc of the pain) .
And in public..
I'm actually getting looks now when my arm shifts the wrong way when Im picking something up. It's really odd and embarrassing. I dread bending down to get my purse and shoes on my feet on really bad mornings. I dread having to bend to buckle my kids in the car seat ..Because I know it hurts my neck and shoulders to do it..The pain it will steadily increase..quicker and quicker it seems.
I'm at my wits end; waiting for a neurosurgeon appointment coming up. Praying I can get it and will be successful. Anybody else out there that can relate?