I am a 20 year old guy. My name is Stan Yeung. I am living in Hong Kong and I am currently a full-time college student.
Here is what happened. About 18 months ago, I had a pinched nerve that connects from the diaphragm to the neck, on the left. I pinched the part of my Phrenic Nerve in my lower left rib. You may be asking: what is the phrenic nerve? It is one of a pair of nerves that arises from the cervical spinal roots and passes down the thorax to the diaphragm and controls breathing.
Before the injury happened, I remember I had not been feeling normal and had felt anxiety for several days. Eventually, one night, something happened. I felt like I had a flare-up of the phrenic nerve from my lower left rib. I had numbness in my left temple soon after it happened.
Since that was settled, I have been having left breathing weakness (but not in the most extremities like I don't have to use a ventilator but, that nerve right down there does affect my left lower breathing a lot).
I also am experiencing quite a bit of cartilage inflammation in my neck, which start from the back of my neck and gradually "spread" to the sides, then the front to the sides of the throat and the hyoid bone. It is not cancerous. Rather, it is a skeletal problem.
Specifically, I have problems with: the cartilage under the bilateral sternocleidomastoid muscles, the cartilage at the back of my neck, and the bilateral cartilage near my throat (left and right to the Adam's apple). When I try to maneuver my hyoid bone with my fingers, I can feel the friction and the sound near the sides of the hyoid bone. I have also been able to feel inflammation at the left back of my hyoid bone for a few weeks, and the parts between my left side hyoid bone and the left side cartilage under the left sternocleidomastoid muscle feel the worst because it seems like it touches a nerve that occasionally numbs my left temple.
The X-ray of my cervical spine only showed cervical scoliosis to the right, and my MRI showed no sign of any problems with my spinal cord. It has been hard living with the conditions and I have to take sleeping pills at night to soothe these conditions in order to get some sleep. I really want to die.