I was injured at work. Mri's after 5 mo. show tear in C-6 and focal busal sided partial thickness tear at musculotendinous junction. Disc area at thoracic (above bra strap area) extremly sensitive as the c-6. Did not have any pain management for 8 months and was at level 10 pain for 3-4 mo (symptoms mainly left upper quadrant but was starting on right shoulder girdle and inner elbow as left side). Pain level 5-8 now at 9mo (from waking to sleep-sometime it wakes me) and on Trileptal and pain medication (possible methadone treatment-(do not like that option), limited motion of left extremity and weakness-rarely travels to right side unless over active. Physcal therapist said neck, back, shoulder that of a person in car accident (no car accident-whiplash?)Pain radiates from left side of face/lower jaw, behind left ear, down left side and front of neck (sensitivity to collars), down spin to thoracic, across left shoulder quadrant (from spine-area around shoulder blade), across top of shoulder (radiating 2-3 inches toward chest, across shoulder girldle, bicep (inside and out), down arm to fingers, swelling inner elbow, swelling left side of breast with pain in muscles wraping from breast, under arm to below shoulder blade. Bone scan only shows mild to minimum multilevel thoracic activity compatible with spondylosis. Unsure what medical help I should seek. 3 doctors say CRPS-will not do shoulder surgery until pain under control (I understand why-could make CRPS worse). In addition, pain management doctor said it is possible tear in c-6 could be leaking. Major muscle spasm through out all areas mentioned with feeling of constant pressure, muscles shortening, deep muscle ache, burning, sharp pains. Cannot get shots in spine due to duration and if crps, it could make it worse. What test do I need to confirm leaking disc, spondylosis, or crps? I am lost of unsure what to do. What is prognosis of crps (hate pain medications but do provide relief). This is not the life I want but try to remain positive. Out of work and very scared.
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