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New member with Cervical and Thoracic Pain

I have been dealing with chronic pain of the neck and back since Sept 12. I started treatment in March 12. I have had MRI, ECG, CT. The MRI showed 4-5 bulging disc in back and severe arthritis in my neck causing headaches.. I started with non-prescription drugs, physical therapy, and now in Pain Management. So far they have done epidural injections (which didnt work) and now they did Facet Injections--I had 1 injection on the left side of neck which gave about 60% of relief on that side. Even though this facet injection has help my neck a little bit, I have alot of pain that radiates from my back to the top of my head, resulting ing severe headaches. That pain that I am experiencing is horrible. I am unable to do anything. I believe I am getting very depressed, because of this situation. Has anybody went through this situation. I feel like a pin cusion with this pain managment. I am taking Neurotin---and it takes the edge off the pain, but doesnt give me relief. Right now I am considering going to the ER, due to the unbearable pain. Any suggestions are greatly welcomed.



  • Jerome001Jerome001 Cocoa Beach, FloridaPosts: 118

    I'm sorry no one responded to you - we do care and this is atypical of what I've experienced on these boards. Hopefully, you are doing better. Were you injured or your pain developed over time?
  • Is your PM not giving you any pain medications or muscle relaxers? Just Neurontin? No wonder you are considering going to the ER. I would call them & let them know that you are in so much pain you are seriously considering going to the ER. If they refuse to do anything about it, go to the ER & then look for another PM. That's what I would do. I mean, come on, they could AT LEAST give you some Hydrocodone or something. That's ridiculous! You should not have to suffer like that. I hope things change for you soon & you find some relief. Keep us posted please & hang in there. You are DEFINITELY not alone.

    ACDF C5-C6 01/2002
    ACDF C6-C7 12/2011
    Prognosis: Permanent nerve damage in hands/arms, all treatment options exhausted-- lifetime CPP
  • I had very similar pains, particularly left neck/ head. Awful long lasting headaches. Would take days to ease off.
    I used to call them bear traps as once they bit, they wouldn't let go.

    I went down the injections path, with varied success.

    But a new doctor examined my neck and said the problem was tight muscles pulling on the head/ neck.
    Remedial massage soon proved the correctness as when the muscles were treated they relaxed and the pain went.

    Did that for over a year. Then started taking magnesium, about 2 years ago, and the problem hasn't returned. I have only the occasional massage now.

    Get someone to check your neck, shoulder and back muscles for tightness, knots, etc. A good physiotherapist or remedial massager for instance.

    This may also be what is known as a tension headache. You can research online. Very common.
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