I have had left scapular pain that radiates down my left arm for 2-1/2 months now. I also have a long standing diagnoses of C5-6 degenerative disc and possibly C6-7 (I can't recall), I was originally diagnosed about 14 years ago.
The pain I have started 2-1/2 months ago - I am sure I am having muscle spasms and when pain is particularly intense, my forearm looks as if a boiled egg was stuffed under the skin.
The best med I could get for the pain was SOMA and Darvocet 1 every 12 hours (this darvocet is on the verge of being banned for use by the FDA because of its ineffectiveness and a high rate of death due to overdose and suicides due to depression). As an RN, I am fully capable of looking up a medication monograph and have done so for Darvocet - prescribing for an adult is 1 - 2 every 4 hours for pain.
I am hoping a doctor or radiologist reads this next part:
On 5/8/09 I had a cervical epidural steroid injection done at a neuromedical center. It was performed with fluoroscopy. On the next day I noticed that the band aid placed over the puncture site seemed low, so I had my daughter measure the distance from C-7, T-1 and it measures 3.5 cm. I don't know much about cervical epidurals, but this does seem a little low for a cervical procedure.
Today I am 72+ hours out from the procedure and have had absolutely no change in my pain status. I can tolerate an upright position for about 15 minutes until the pain is severe requiring that I lie down.
Does anyone here have any experience with a cervical epidural? I am scheduled to have another one in 2 weeks if this one did not work and my copay is $300.00 per procedure. I would hate to think that the procedure was performed in the wrong place. I did mark the puncture site and photographed it using a centimeter tape measure for reference if needed in the future. (its a nurse thing)
Please tell me what you know. Thanks