I'm Em. I've had neck pain for the last 18 years following a minor rear-end car collision at 13 years old. For years it was managable with chiropractic care.
About five years ago it progressed from bearable neck pain to more severe neck pain accompanied by headaches (back of head and behind eyes).
Last year, neck and head pain became a daily part of my life. While checking out at the grocery store I realized I was literally going through two bottles of Ibuprofen (100 tab 200 mg) each month.
I went to my PCP (while continuing chiro) and was prescribed Mobic 15 mg in case it was arthritic in nature and began PT before receiving a referral to a Spine Clinic located at a nearby University hospital. He did an X-ray and I got a call a few days later saying "Good news, nothing is broken" Ugh!
Unfortunately, PT was unsuccessful, chiro is no longer helpful and massages are simply a way to pass the time. My pain has progressed again to include neck and head pain, stiff neck, right shoulder pain, right arm pain and numb tingly fingers. On occasion, I drop things out of my right hand.
Following an episode of neck spasms that had me curled up in bed crying I was unable to get into my doctor and ended up in the ER. At that point the arm/should issues hadn't started. Flexiril 10mg did nothing for me and so I went home with an Rx for Valium 5mg.
I have since followed up with my PCP and am on a round of Prednisone, Valium 5 mg, Lortab 5 mg. The PCP ordered an MRI (I'm currently awaiting the results) and plans to send me to the Spine Clinic or Neurosurgeon dependent upon what the MRI results are. The medication takes the edge off, but I continue to be in pain, at times to the point of vomiting.
I work full-time, have two young children, a husband and go to school part-time. I don't have time to be down with neck pain, but my neck doesn't seem to care. I've been reading posts for days and thought I'd finally introduce myself. I'm fearful the PCP will call any day and say "there are no issues" and I'll be back at square one. At this point I just want answers and a solution would be nice too.
That's my story in a very long-winded nut shell. Thank you if you've gotten this far. I'm very thankful a board like this exists and I look forward to moving ahead and hopefully getting to the bottom of my pain.