Recently I'll have weekends of severe pain that takes its toll on me emotionally.
Everything I have normally has increased 3x over and none of my meds work with it. Heat or ice don't work, lidoderm patch doesn't work...NOTHING! It basically has to run its course and break through the pain on its own, which is usually two or three days!
What pain I'm having is an awful nagging constant ache in the shoulder, arm, where the shoulder meets the neck on the left side, the occipital nerve or c3 is burning across and up the left side of my head, my left eye hurts, left side of my jaw hurts, my left pinkie and index fingers hurt and feel numb, plus my hand in general hurts, as well as the pain goes down the left side of my torso, left hip and buttock, down the outer side of my left leg to the foot and the same pain in the fingers is in the same toes. If I move the hair on my left side it hurts.
I am currently taking Vicodin ES 3 times a day, Soma 350mg 3x a day, and .5 mg of klonopin 2 times a day for this.
It isn't like I want to go up the narcotics chain, because when the pain isn't severe the meds I have work, but when it is like this...I just don't know. I have been struggling so hard this semester in school, with getting my coursework done. It is never on time, because I always have some kind of pain or whatever getting in my way.
I see the neurologist again on Dec. 10th. What should I say to him to get him to help me through this better, now that it seems to be progressing and getting worse? To get him to take it seriously? I know I can tell him what I've told you all, but it still doesn't seem enough.
He gave me Lyrica to try, but I'm already on cymbalta and lexapro (30mg, and 5mg) and having weight problems, and so I won't take it, because I can't afford to keep gaining weight.
How would you phrase it to your doctor? What other things have helped you to break through the severe pain times?