I've had severe neck pain ever since the inital injury when I herniated 3 discs in my neck with moderate spinal cord compression. Many weeks at a time my pain will be unbearable and I'm unable to lessen the pain with ice or medications.
As time goes by after surgery with the pain not lessening one bit, I'm losing hope that my spinal cord will repair itself. The doctors are telling me that this is most likely permanent. I've done every injection there is by ESI's, Nerve Blocks, and diagnostic injections on every level and both sides of my neck and they've all been repeated two to three times each.
Right now I'm very greatful that I'm in a good pain management clinic and we are trying to come up with a plan to lessen the pain. I ran out of options with the interventional medicines and I've done the PT, tens unit, exercises, ect... Right now we are trying to control the pain with medicines, ice and rest. I pray I'll be able to stay with this pain clinic for a long time to come.
I've come to terms and accepted that I will never run again. I use to run 36 miles a week and I've raced in a few triathlons. Exercise was my passion. At this time, I'm able to walk a few miles here and there although it brings my pain up and makes the muscle spasms worse in my shoulders.
Although, I'm praying for a miracle for this pain to oneday stop all together.
How do I come to terms with the pain and accept it? I can't imagine living with this for the rest of my life as I'm only 35 years old.
Along with the neck pain, I have daily chronic migraines too. The daily migraines started with onset of the neck injury.