I hope someone can give me some advice here. Forgive me if I put this in the wrong area. History: 6+ months recurring burning (once in a great while shooting to shoulder) neck pain, multiple cervical vertebrae out of alignment, have had regular adjustments based on pain recurring but since new symptoms have started I get no relief from adjustment. Starting 11 days ago-left hand had a big episode of total pins and needles that resolved in about 3 hours, but within 2 days both wrists, both elbows, my neck and the area between my neck and shoulders all have pain between 3 and 8 on the pain scale (neck is the worst) and does radiate between each other. Family doc did blood tests for arthritis, including RA, all negative. Neck and shoulder x-rays today showed no misalignment, tumors, etc. I had an NCV and EMG on Monday, which (preliminarily) showed no carpal tunnel. The neuro recommended I have a neck MRI (as has my chiro, after the many months of adjustment with symptoms becoming more frequent even with good adjustment). Today my family doc put me on sulindac 2x/day 150mg and prednisone 2x/day 20mg. He says he thinks it's inflamed and tight tendons and muscles, and he's tossed out the word "fibromyalgia" a few times.
So here I sit. Wrists hurt (top and bottom, changing around), elbows really bothersome (ranging from feeling like my funny bone's being bothered up to pain scale 5 pain), pins and needles/tingling into my fingers, shooting pains into my hands, neck pain, shoulder pain (sometimes my actual shoulder hurts, but most often it's the area in between), and if I put prolonged pressure anywhere on my wrists, the heel of my hand or anywhere on my elbows I get massive pins and needles and more pain. I've taken a leave of absence from work because I work at a computer 8-9 hours a day and after a half hour of typing (three attempts, different days) I had pain and pins and needles from my fingertips to my neck. Work ergonomics are fine. My doc is signing FMLA papers for one week. I go back on Monday, when we should have the official NCV/EMG results and re-evaluate things.
I'm just very frustrated. I keep hoping I'll wake up in the morning pain-free. Sometimes it's less in the morning (reclining in bed with good head support is the only way I have any type of relief overall) but soon after starting to do anything it gears up, and by early afternoon I've got to rest them. I forgot to mention a large lump on the top of my left wrist that my doc, my chiro and another doctor I know have labeled a ganglion cyst (doc did do x-ray). It been causing pain for three years, I was referred to an ortho about removal, but he said it was arthritis and gave me a cortisone shot (never again!). It's gotten bigger since then and is causing it's own pain even more often than ever. My doc isn't talking about doing anything about it right now.
Ibuprofen 800mg, high-dose naproxen and tylenol with codeine give me no relief. The first dose of sulindac did nothing, and if the next dose does nothing I won't be taking any more (it's prescribed "as needed for pain", so I'd prefer not to take it if it's not doing anything). I know it's a process to figure these things out. I'm just not believing the tendon/muscle diagnosis. Sudden tendonitis in my neck, arms, elbow, wrists and hands? It feels like he's setting me up for a fibro diagnosis, but wouldn't the sulindac improve that kind of pain at least somewhat? I have a frontal headache right now and the pain in my neck's going higher and lower than before, so I will be going to the chiro tomorrow to update and get adjusted again. Anyone have any thoughts (please?!?!?!)