The spine serves as a kind of shock absorber to the body, thanks to the intervertebral discs that rest between each bone on the spinal column. The intervertebral discs keep the bones from rubbing together normally, but when these discs begin to degrade or become damaged, the pain is intense.
That was exactly Janet’s experience. She says, “We left in October for a 4,000-mile trip in our RV. When I was loading, I lifted a lot of heavy things and put them up high. On that 4,000-mile trip, one month, I suffered the whole time, especially at night.” The pain was so bad, Janet said she cried herself to sleep on many nights.
Aging, arthritis, and injury can exaggerate the degeneration of your spinal discs. This pain can be debilitating and radiate outward from the neck, causing back and shoulder pain as well as headaches.
After the surgery, Janet shares that the change was dramatic. She says, “I’m about seven weeks out now, and I can do everything. I can live my life. I’m not in pain. I can sleep at night.”