I recently went to my primary doctor for pain, tension, and knots in my shoulders and neck. He took some xrays and showed me I have a degenerative disc in my neck. The space between the 2 vertebrae is about half that of the space between the others. He said it leaks fluid sometimes, which the blood cells then attack as if it was a foreign body. This causes the muscles to tense up and become sore when the cells are attacking the fluid. He said it can last 2-3 weeks or more each time it's releasing the fluid. And because it's releasing close to my nerve, I have tingling in my back sometimes. But then he said there is nothing to be done for it, and the only medicines that will help it are extremely strong narcotics so his advice to me was to take motrin and wait it out. Any other advice that might be a little more helpful, from someone who has experience with it? I can't see another dr, it's the military clinic lol.
Answer by Izsarejman at 2:21 AM on Oct. 26, 2010