I AM SCREWED (HELP, PLEASE)
Just exactly what I don't need (not that anybody needs this).
I woke up on Saturday morning three weeks ago and thought I had "slept wrong" on my left arm. It was sore and my fingers --index and the next one over-- were tingling and a bit insensitve. When I went to do my morning workout, I could only do half-pushups; my shoulder hurt a great deal and I couldn't get down past about 45-50 degrees, because my arm lost all its power and I collapsed on that side.
I couldn't get to my doctor, so I went to the chiropractor I use sometimes. He crunched my upper back and neck and re-set my shoulder, saying that should take care of it. It didn't: it stayed the same.
I got to my doctor, who is a GP and an osteopath. He listened to my symptoms and said I had herniated a disc in my neck, which was pressing on the nerve root. He did some stretching on my neck and gave me some stretching to do at home, as well as some drug to ease the pains in the arm and let me sleep. Neither the drug nor the stretching has done anything. It didn't get better or worse, just stayed the same.
A friend of a friend is a neurologist and he agreed to see me. He says that this has two causes. First, he said that my back and neck need several sessions of deep tissue massage and "active release" to get rid of misaligmnent caused by some long term stress and that those "knots" are causing an old shoulder injury to flare up and the swelling is pinching off the nerve. I have had a couple of sessions (which hurt WAY worse than sparring).
They initially seemed to help but the symptoms have all returned, worse than before. I can barely manage "girl" pushups and I am only getting about two hours of sleep.
ANY ideas, ANY thoughts, please.