I have been dealing with chronic migraines my entire life (literally - my mom said I used to get them as a baby) which have gotten progressively worse lately. I have a herniated C5/C6 disc that has flattened the thecal sac and is pressing on the spinal cord (hope I worded that right) according to the docs. I have now gotten two opinions - one says surgery is the only way I will ever get anythign more than a temporary fix, the other says avoid surgery at all costs so I'm more confused now than ever. But regardless, I have been on 4 10/325 hydrocodone/apaps for years and they're no longer working as well.
I'm 29, have a toddler and a full time job that involves sitting at the computer for 50+ hours a week. Being the breadwinner I don't have much of a choice in working or not though my doctors have offered to put me on disability. But I haven't been at my job for a year so I can't do that.
Any advice, tips or suggestions would be welcome. I have done every test they can come up with to find out the disc issues are what appears to be causing the migraines.
Has anyone had the epidural steroid injections here? How bad are they? I have tried hundreds of trigger point injections and blocks over the years as well as other cortisone injections with no success, or success for a day or two so I'm skeptical it will help BUT I feel like if I don't do it my doctor won't want to keep working with me on managing my pain levels. So far I have consented to every test he's wanted to run, all sorts of alternative treatments, tons of medication trials and honestly I'm just sick of being a lab rat. I think I'm ready to throw the towel in on trying new things and finally give the oxycontin a go as he had originally suggested but when that was suggested was before the DEA got all nosy. Any tips on how to have that conversation would be much appreciated, I do not want to get my doctor in trouble but I do need some help managing my pain so I can continue to work and be a mother to a very active 2 year old.
Sorry that was so long! Anyways look forward to getting to know you all.