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Tired of the pain

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
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!


  • Hi,

    Unfortunaly, epidural is the best that can help to manage that pain. but it dosent last for long. Im so tiered of this problems and would like to find solution to it too. Somethimes, I think that doctors dont understant the pain that Im in?
  • Have you had an MRI or other diagnostic testing done to find out what the problem is? I also work in an office, and to sit at the computer all day was agony (I've been off work for 4 months, ended up with surgery 17 Apr). I had my PT show me how to set up my deskspace to make it ergonomically correct. It did help quite a bit, I could sit somewhat comfortably for a little longer than before. Some of the tips were:

    Your monitor should be at arm's length from your sitting position, not too far that you are craning your neck to see the screen.

    Your keyboard and mouse should be at a level that your arms and hands are level with it, and a wrist support for both the keyboard and mouse helps. (I have mine at a level that I can rest my elbows on the chair arms, keeping my wrists straight while typing or using the mouse).

    Your chair should be at a height that your legs are at a 90 degree angle, with your feet flat on the floor. Also, the seat of your chair should reach almost to the back of your knees. If the seat is too short for you, that can cause not enough support as well. I found that having a chair with a high back also helped me with posture, keeping my back and neck straighter.

    At home, I've also found that heat does wonders for me, and helps ease the pain. My heating pad has become my new best friend!!

    As for exercising, if you're still going to physio, you could ask your pt what is safe for you to do, the general advice I've been given is do what you can at a comfortable level, and if it hurts, don't do it... Not overly helpful, I know...

    I hope some of this might help you, and I wish you luck, good health and well being!!!
    APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own
  • woofandsnoggle - I would say I am going through very similar symptoms. I was actually fine for the past few hours until I sat down right now at the computer for 10 minutes.

    I get a soreness/pressure in my neck almost constantly and if i sit at the computer or with my head down at a desk for more than 10-20 minutes I get EXTREMELY sore shoulder blades, like I just worked out and they also kind feel like they are getting stim.

    When you say your pain radiates down to your shoulder blades what do you mean? muscle soreness or actual burning, numbing, or tingling nerve pain?

    My doc just prescribed naproxen for four weeks and if it doesnt get better he wants to do a cortizen injection. I have a C5C6 midline disc bulge of 4mm but he doesnt think it is really related, just thinks its sore muscles. Did the injection actually make your pain worse?
  • I had an MRI in February. It showed 2 mildly herniated discs and 1 mildly bulging disc (1 dr said they're the same thing....?). I also have narrowing of the foramen and bone spurs. The 1st surgeon said they don't feel the pain is caused by my discs & sent me for traction. All of this is after I did chiro for 14 visits (no adjustments - just ultrasound/massage/tenz unit). The Physical Therapist stopped after 7 visits because they said they weren't helping me any and weren't going to waste my money. When they referred my to the Spine/Sport specialist (2nd surgeon), he suggested the cortisone.
    As far as my work station, my boss purchased me a new desk upon my request, with a pullout keyboard. Unfortunately, I'm very short (4'11"), so chairs & desks don't fit me well. If I put my chair at a height that works for the keyboard, my feet don't touch the floor. I need a pillow behind me to keep my sitting straight. If I put something under my feet (some type of box to rest my feet), it's a bit of a hazard, as I'm constantly getting up and down from my desk.

    I know it hasn't been long compared to many of the people I read about here, but I'm really frustrated and losing patience. I've been trying to lose weight (about 25 lbs overweight, which I'm sure isn't helping the situation), but everytime I exercise, even walking, I end up feeling lousy. The pain just burns in my neck/shoulder & my arm aches.

    Sorry to be whiny this morning - it wasn't the best night for me :)!
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