Hi, My name is Mel, short for Melinda. I am currently seeing 2 doctors. One is a spine doc and the other a pain managment doc. I was apperantly born with a congentital form of scoliosis. I noticed as I aged that I was having more and more pain in my neck right should blade area and upper back. Finally I deceided to see a doctor about it. He did x-rays which showed scoliosis in my upper back reqion and started treating with neurotin and flexeril. After over a year of that we tried to raise the levels of the neurotin but I couldn't tolerate it at 600 mg 3 x daily along with the flexeril sooooo referred to a spine doc who switched me over to Lyrica at 25 mg 3 x a day along with 50 mg of ultram every 6 hours and the flexeril. Referred to pain managment who replaced the flexeril with baclofen 10 mg 3 x a day and trigger point injections with an anestetic. After 3 rounds of these and no relief. meanwhile new symptons are popping up, such as occasional right side weakness and neck pain, so the spine doc orders mri of neck, which revealed (I head the pain managment doc say moderate to severe cervical stenousis) so last monday I underwent a procedure called a right cervical medial branch block. Hurt soooo bad that I never want to do it again without somekind of sedation. Guess what?? It didn't work either
Have3 appointments with both doctors this Friday.
Also have filed for disability and medicaid. In the state of Ohio u cannot get medicaid unless u are declared disable by social security. Due to the pain and limitated mobility I cannot work,
Luckily we fall into low income and get a discount from the doctors and the hospital and pharmacutical companies for me. My husband gets medicare and disability due to injuries years ago.
My pain right now and since the procedure is about a 7 sometimes a 15 and the ultram is like eating candy without the benefits of a sugar rush lol (at least I still have my humour) it does nothing for me. Am willing to take any and all suggestions and am willing to make a few friends here in similar situations. I know someof you will say surgery.... since I do not have insurance and am really really scared of anyone cutting my back open that is not a option for me (although there are times when I want to say lets do it NOW)
Scoliosis in t-3, t-4, and t-5, degenerative cervical/spine disease, and sensory poluneropathy