I'm new to this site and looking for any ideas for relief. I have been dealing with pain in my neck which radiates down to my shoulder blade and along my arm (on a real bad day) since December. I have been through chiropractic treatment, physical therapy, and traction. I have tried using vicodin,ibuprofen,naproxen- but that barely took the edge off. I tried Gabapentin, but the side effects were too much to deal with. I recently had a cortisone injection, but that hasn't provided any relief yet. I am an office professional, so the majority of my day is spent sitting at a computer. Any time I exercise, the pain increases. Since the injection, I get almost a "shock-wave" of pain traveling down my arm & shoulder-blade on certain movements.
I'm due to return to the surgeon's office in another week for a follow-up visit. When I last saw the Dr., my options were to do nothing & have nerve testing done (to make sure that doing nothing was a safe option), drugs - which I happen to be fairly sensitive to & would prefer to not "mask" the problem or to try the injection. Has anyone else been in this position and what was your solution/outcome?
Thanks for any input - I'm getting to the edge of my sanity!