With mild disc disease, conservative treatments like NSAID medications and physical therapy can help your neck pain a great deal.
You must also learn to live with a problem neck -- how to sleep without pinching nerves, using your waist to twist, etc. Strengthening the neck muscles, through swimming, is sometimes recommended.
What does your doctor say?
Hi and welcome to the Spinal Cord C/D forum.
Having spurring (excess bone building up ) in an area of stenosis is not good...and as philnoir mentioned NSADS and PT may be suggested.
They may tell you to be more aware of posture and they way you hold your body while doing certain tasks/activities......
If the conservative treatments do not help surgery could end up being an option...but at this point I would not entertain that until all other possibilities are tried. I am also interested in what your Dr has suggested,.
I have been referred to a Nuerologist and also to a nuero surgeon. I was already doing PT and taking a pain medication. They put my neck in traction about a week ago and the pain was so severe I literally laid in bed for two days in tears. I have to go see the specialists in the next couple of weeks. I am 29 and they said that these things are kind of early in someone my age with no previous injury. I am very nervous about all of this actually because surgery is not exactly something I am wanting to do. I am however having some issues with balance and pain in the tops of my thighs and some weird sensations. They are saying that this can be because of the stenosis.
Hi, I know how you feel, I was 27 when told I had DDD, not a DX you expect at that age, but I have learned since that I also have a connective tissue disorder that contributed to my disk/spine issues....ask that they check you for Ehlers-Danlos as it is a possibility even if you do not feel you fit criteria as I was sure I did not have it and I was DX with the hyper-mobility type which was in part my reason I felt no way was this me,,...so, regardless of what you feel may be you, have it ruled out medically to be sure.
And by all means, look into your families medical history as you may find clues there as to what may be going on too,.
Good luck and keep us posted on what you find out.
As in all fields, there are good and not so good practitioners of PT.
People with cervical disc disease always end up on "the rack" but traction is rarely an effective treatment option, especially early on when you're experiencing a lot of muscle pain from inflammation.
Tell your PT that traction is too painful for you at this time. It is your right to refuse any modality that is painful.
With any traumatic injury including cervical disease with pain, the body's response is inflammation, the purpose of which is to splint the painful area, i.e., reduce mobility so that healing can occur. PT works to reduce inflammation and increase range of motion, but there's an art to timing this process.
Years ago, we used a soft collar for people with cervical disease (I'm one of them). Today, its use has fallen out of fashion and I'm not sure that's a good idea for everyone.
When I was experiencing sharp acute pain of early cervical disease, the soft collar helped me a great deal. I prevented me from aggravating sore neck muscles, and kept my neck warm.
Even today, some 30 years later, with my lower cervical discs completely dessicated, I experience neck pain and use my soft collar for a day or so. I find it quite useful in reducing muscle pain in my neck.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery.