Last week I finished my physical therapy!
I can definitely tell a difference in how I feel, so I know it helped. My arm doesn't go numb nearly as often and I have learned some stretching exercises to help if my neck and shoulders start hurting again. I still have some pain, but so far, it's not nearly as bad as it was before. It's more annoying than anything, really. It's like sitting in a chair that has a big button in the upholstery, right at the top of my back, and no matter where I turn I can't get away from the button. But hey, it's better than not being able to feel my hands, so I'll take it! :)
The silver lining I spoke of isn't that I was done with therapy, though. It's better! As I mentioned, the doctor said I have bone spurs, degenerative disk disease (which sounds worse than I think it really is), and arthritis in my neck. Apparently, the arthritis has made it possible for me to tell when it's going to rain! My neck knob (or the C7 vertebra prominens if you're nasty) now functions as a weather detecting device! I never thought that was a real thing. You always hear of old timers that say they can tell the weather by their knee or elbow or something like that. It's really a thing, though! I can attest! Every time it gets ready to rain, my neck starts hurting. How funny is that?
So if you ever see me rubbing my neck, don't plan any picnics!
James Spann wishes he was that accurate.
(Also, just like Karen, my boobs can tell the weather, but that's a different process.)