I have had a bad back since I was 5. My grandmother flipped her Mustang end over end, with me strapped in with a seat belt. I felt early symptoms when I was 8 or 9 years old, with my neck cracking and a terrible pain when it happened, but it sort of went away during my teens and was ok up until about 10 years ago(when I was 27), when my neck seized up and was stuck to one side with the worst pain in my life. Since then, I two of them bones in my neck(I believe C2 & C5) have been degenerating and are now at about the moderate level.
The problem is, because of my area(and the people in it), doctors are very hesitant to dish out pain medication and even muscle relaxers. Doctors act as if everyone is a pill seeker and nothing ever gets accomplished. I went to a pain management doctor who gave me a Cortisone shot and that shot screwed up the other side of my neck. Now, instead of having pain on one side, I have it on both. It prevents me from sleeping most nights, as I have to constantly sleep on my back to get a restful sleep. Causing me to take Zanaflex and an Antihistamine to fall asleep and stay asleep restfully. Of course, then I wake up and feel like I havent slept because of the after effects of the medication.
All of the doctors around here(Ocean City, MD) have so many patients, that they just dont have time to really treat a patient properly. I explained to the pain management doctor, that if they would just operate and fix the problem, I wouldnt need meds. The problem is, they wont do that until I am(What seems like) basically paralyzed. So I am stuck in a situation where they wont operate and asking for medication makes me feel like a criminal.
Anyone else run into this in their journey?