I have had neck pain for 15 years. The C5-6 is blown and the discs on either side are bulging. All of it is due to my former occupations. My goal has always been to manage symptoms with helpful exercises, stretching, meds and listening to my body. The MD doesn't want to give me meds anymore because my liver runs marginally out of the normal range on blood work results. I was using tylenol #3 and ibprufen. Neither was really that effective when the pain gets bad. Oxycodone is effective but the Md will not prescribe it and it's rough on my stomach. The MD sent me to pain doctor. He wants to do steroid shots in the neck, but I've had those before and I'm not that fond of them. They had some positive results but also some negative results. I don't have a history of abusing the meds, but I did take them to try to sleep at nite. Here's my question which meds are effective for cervical headaches and less harmful to the body, stomach included? Does anyone find steroid shots effective in the long run? I've never been operated on by the way.