I don't know what to do. I am almost 1 year post acdf c5/6. I have never gotten relief. The surgeon told me he did not know why I was still having problems as he "fixed" my neck. He sent me to what I thought was a pain management dr. Then he left the state. I have seen a neurosurgeon who told me that I had "failed surgery" & was not a candidate for more surgery unless my symptoms worsen.
The Pain dr who I have been seeing now wants me to see a pain specialist. He wants me to try biofeedback. He will not prescribe anymore opoids because he says I am becoming dependent on them. Yes I have, without them I can not leave my recliner & heating pad. I asked him what I am supposed to do? I can not function without medicine, he said that the biofeedback & cymbalta & flexiril is all that I need.
I disagree. He said the pain in my neck & shoulders is muscle pain. Then the flexiril should help? But it doesn't.
All of the pain Dr.s I have called do not prescribe opoids, only shots which I have tried.
I have an appointment with my PCP this afternoon. I just don't know what to do.
I am realy tired of the way my life has become. If I am not at work I am glued to my recliner. I would much rather have a productive life. I used to be quite active & now can not hardly do anything. With the medicine is hard enough but without I can't at all.
Sorry for the long whiney post I am not feeling good this morning & am very upset.