Hi. I am new to the Pain Management community but I am hopeful I can get some help and support. It is so lonely,as you all know, looking so normal on the outside and suffering so much on the inside. Luckily, I have a very supportive husband and family.
I have had manageable neck pain for many years, but it became chronic and intolerable about two years ago. I did not make the connection at the time, but it was when I started having major problems with my teenage daughter. I have consulted with an orthopedist, 2 neurologists, an osteopath, two chiropractors, a MD/accupuncturist, two massage therapists, and two physical therapists. Everyone was very dilligent in trying to help me but no one has been able to.
I have been prescribed anti-inflammatories, non-narcotic pain relievers (skelaxin and tramadol), hydrocodone, flexeril, and lyrica. Some have helped for a while but not long term. I use ice and a tens-unit which help short term. I am at my wits end as to what to do next.
I have two degenerated discs (C-5 and C-6) but have come to believe it is muscular. It's like my muscles just tense up all the time and throb and ache. I have learned to reduce the stress in my life and luckily work at home so I can take breaks from working throughout the day, but I am not getting any better. Are there any combinations of medicines that seem to work best? What about hypnosis or bio-feedback? I am open to trying anything!
Thanks for any help or input you can provide.