In June 2012, shoulder pain symptoms began in both
shoulders. Pain 6/10 intermittent, increased at night, right > left,
increased with flexion – 8/10 with flexion at shoulder
December 12, 2012 went to see Dr. Read Neurosurgeon. Ordered
MRI, and on the 14th, he indicated ---- 4 cervical discs severe
neural canal narrowing. Surgery not recommended as fusion of all segments would
be the surgery. Ordered PT.
February 2013: Received PT to include: needling and manipulation.
The symptoms centralized and intensified with these treatments. Also tried
supine traction and unweighting and re-posturing with Pneuchair. Pain now in cervical spine 8/10. Worse in
afternoon. Began using codine for pain.
March 26, 2013: received facet injection from Dr. Pinzon.
80% of symptoms were relieved
April 10, 2013 received epidural to cervical spine. All
symptoms gone. Pinzon indicated that the results are likely to be temporary and
the next step would be a rhizotomy.
In July 2013, even though there were no symptoms during the
day I began to experience pain at night that seemed to be associated with lying
position. Pain at 8/10, every night in central cervical spine and shoulders.
Now the regular pattern of sleep was 3 hours between 4 and 7AM. Unable to go to
sleep due to pain with as many as 3 Codine.
Daily pattern now falling asleep in chair in afternoon.
Cardiology work up with normal EKG on 9/27/13, Normal stress test on 10/28/13 and normal echocardiogram
10/11/13: went to Chicago
and received first treatment of the PneuVibrotrac Table using the PneuD.U.Q.,
and cervical attachments. I slept all night with out pain after that treatment.
Had a second treatment on the 12th and experienced the same results.
I returned to Knoxville and slept all night,
each of the next 3 nights, then the old nightly pain pattern returned but at
The pain gradually began to increase and on the 20th
of October I traveled to Sandpoint Idaho, to
receive more of the PneuVibrotrac Table treatments. I also received treatment
with the PneuBack chair and the PneuWeight treadmill exercise. I received
treatments for 5 days in succession. Each night I experienced 0/10 to 2/10 pain
level. Sleep patterns began to improve.
After returning the Knoxville on the
25th, again experienced 4 days/nights of relief from pain. On the 30th
of October, the nocturnal pain patterns returned at 3-4/10.
On the 5th of November received first treatment
of the PneuVibrotrac Table, PneuBackchair and the PneuWeight treadmill in Knoxville. Because treatments were now being received
3x/week the nightly pain was not experienced every night when sleeping with a
neck roll and no pillow. The occasional
very intermittent pain experienced was 2-3/10. Main issue now is not sleeping
On Saturday, the 23rd of November, I injured my
neck when straining to separate an electrical cord connection. The pain
returned in the evening, constant beginning at 4/10 and growing to 6/10 at
night. The treatment on Monday the 25th returned the pattern
previous to the injury. Lifting a box (10#) the first week on December resulted
in the same exacerbation which was resolved as before.
Sleep patterns are improving.