I am seeking advice on the symptoms that I have been experiencing for the past year or so, which have been increasingly bothersome.
Before I get started, a little bit about me: I am a 24 year old female, college graduate student.
Firstly, I am constantly feeling a deep achy pain in my neck and upper back that radiates to the shoulder blades. When the pain gets worse, it causes my right and left fingers (started off as just the pinky finger, but now the ring finger as well) to feel tingly and numb. I did get an MRI of the cervical spine which showed moderate left neural foramina narrowing along the inferior margin of discs C3-T1. Could this be causing my symptoms? If so, what are treatment options?
Second, I also experience pain occasionally in the mid-back region which sometime causes a sharp pain when I inhale to take a breath. I have not yet gotten an MRI of my thoracic spine. My PCP just referred me to a spine specialist who I have yet to see, so maybe I should consult with the spine specialist regarding this matter.
Lastly, 1 year ago I had a low back injury related to exercising and was told that I had sciatica. This pain went away after a month or 2. However, 1 month ago I had to get a lumbar puncture(LP) to test for bacterial meningitis. To my understanding, any pain from an LP generally only lasts for a few days. It has been a month and I still experience a dull pain, sometimes a sharp shooting pain that may or may not radiate down my leg if I get up from a sitting/laying down position too fast or if I sit or walk for too long. Is this more related to the LP or could it be reoccurring symptoms of sciatica?
PS. I saw my PCP this past Tuesday and he prescribed me Gabapentin 100mg take twice daily. He said he wanted me to take it to see if it will help with my symptoms, but I am hesitant to start taking it.