When I went to the Community Clinic in Feb. 10, 2011, I was in pain and weak. I was feeling as if I would never get better.
I had an M.R.I. on Oct.17, 2010. My neck was hurting a bit and I was having intermittent tingling in my left hand and arm and pain by my left shoulder blade. I could still work and it didn't affect my everyday life. It had started about 3 months previous.
The outcome was that on the C4-C5 and C5-C6 I have degenerative disc disease with mild canal stenosis and mild bilateral neural foramina narrowing. At C6-C7 I have degenerative disc disease and a prominent left intervertebral marginal osteophyte with mild right and moderate to severe left neural foramina narrowing would raise the possibility of impingement of the exiting left C7 nerve root.
I went to see a neurologist and at that time he thought I could manage it by working and not raising my arms and hands above shoulder height and doing some strengthening exercises. I am a landscape designer and have to use my arms a lot.
Everything seemed fine until just before Thanksgiving. I must have over worked and hurt myself. I had severe pain under my shoulder blade and neck pain and some arm tingling. If felt as if someone was stabbing me with a knife under my shoulder blade. I couldn't work, walk my dog, it hurt to drive my truck and I had to prop myself up with pillows so I could sleep. I went to the doctor and he suggested physical therapy. I started in Dec. for about a month. It helped a bit but the home exercises seemed to irritate it so I had to stop. I was taking Vicodin and Valium in order to get through the day and sleep. I was able to stop them and just take six ibuprofen each day. The doctor suggested an injection of cortisone under my shoulder blade or to go back to the neurologist and get an injection of cortisone in the troubled area in my neck. I really didn't want to do that yet.
Someone had suggested to me that I go to Sasha and try acupuncture. They had been to him and felt that it might help me. I went there on Feb. 10th. By that time I was just taking ibuprofen. I was feeling that I would never get better. The first treatment didn't make much difference but I wanted to do it. Within 3 treatments I started to feel better. After 5, I felt that there was hope. I was able to do simple tasks again. I was cutting back on the ibuprofen. I did overdo it one day and realized that I had to take it easy. By the end of the 9th treatment I was back at work again. I didn't need the ibuprofen anymore. I don't have pain under my shoulder blade anymore. If I work to much my neck hurts a bit but nothing else.
I thank Sasha for his expertise. He certainly gave me my life back.
Yours sincerely, AL