My story goes like this, had a fusion C-5 & 6 in May of 2010. Ever since then, I've had neck pain. Between then and now, have had numerous steroid injections in March of last year had C-3-7 rhizotomy both sides and November last year C-2 rhizotomy both sides. It helped the pain short term. 3 months ago, had the C 3-7 rhizotomy repeated with some relief. I still have pain on my right side just behind the ear. I'm seeing a new pain doc next week. The pain feels like someone is standing on my head and also feels like someone is taking a fist and putting all there weight on it and pushing on the location of the pain. I'm getting really frustrated that they can't get me pain free. I'm 37 years old and in otherwise good shape. The pain is constant and regardless of how I move my neck, the pain stays in the same place which, correct me if I'm wrong, tells me its not muscle related. There are times it radiates to my right trap area. I've tried different types of muscle relaxers, nerve meds and pain meds. I've found hydrocodone to help but being on them on and off for 2 years, my body is building a tolerance and that somewhat scares me. Currently taking 20mg hydro 3 times a day. It takes the edge off but doesn't completely take away the pain.
I hope there are people out there that have been or are in my situation that I can talk too. Although I don't wish pain on anyone, I'm looking for guidance. What are some things I should ask my new pain dr?. I can't imagine being 37 years old and taking pain meds the rest of my life. Does anyone think I'd be crazy to ask for a drug that can be delivered through a patch? From people that have been in my situation, what are your outcomes and/or diagnosis? PLEASE HELP!!!!!! Any comments would be greatly appreciated!