This is my story..... June 16, 2006....woke up in severe pain and went to ER. Gave me Tramadol and sent me home with Vocodin and Flexeril. Found out I had a severe herniation at c6-c7... I went for a yr and a half or conservative therapies including: OT,PT,traction,chiro,massage,ultrasound,meds,ESIs,trigger pt injections,TENs unit, and basically anything else I thought might work.
January 2008, realized it wasn't working...or at least if it did work...it would only last for a week or two and pain would come back.
January 17, 2008- Day after surgery- Felt great- a little scared, but no more radiating pain in my arms/shoulders. I used VIcodin for about two days and realized I didn't need it.
Felt great for almost a year, and then woke up one morning and it felt the the 50lb weight was back on top of my head...like it felt prior to surgery.
Since then....I went back to my ns and had an MRI,CT,bonescan....OT..physiatrist, and PT. I feel like I have been in a fight and had the snot beat out of me every morning. My muscles are boardlike...and I get frequent migraines. ANyone have suggestions on muscle relaxation techniques...and/or muscle relaxers other than Flexeril...
I want to be able to function in the daytime?
Any thought would be appreciated.... Jeanne