I have been to the boards a lot since my back problems began about 3 years ago. Mostly, they have been about my Lumbar spinal stenosis and the PLIF that I had this past May. These past two months I have been having horrible pain in my neck, mostly in the right side at the base of my skull. It feels as though there is a knot there all the time. I have tried massage and physical therapy and neither have helped with the pain. It radiates down my right arm and makes my fingers numb if I sit for long periods of time. Lately I have been very dizzy and I really don't have much of an attention span anymore. I have been unemployed since my surgery and I really need to find a job again, but this pain, mixed with the chronic insomnia that I have are making it difficult to even go out and fill out applications.
MY surgeon took an MRI of my cervical spine and also an X-ray. Both showed normal, with no stenosis or disk issues. SO why am I in so much pain? My PT suggested to see a rheumatologist, that maybe it is an inflammatory problem. I don't know what to do. I don't want my surgeon to think I am a druggie or that I am looking for attention. I have gone to the ER for some pain relief for my neck when the pain first started. I have a prescription for Norco,but I can't take that with a sleeping pill. It has come down to either being in pain or being able to sleep. I get about 5 hours of sleep every 48 hrs. or so. Which doctor do I even talk to?