Just wondering how long it took everyone to find a good combo (or just one) of meds that actually work to relieve pain. I'm trying to stay away from the heavy pain pills, but that's not working too well. Right now, we're not sure if my pain is nerve pain or an underlying problem with the muscles in my neck. Either way, I'm in a great deal of pain and can't seem to find anything that works. Lidocaine patches don't touch it, the Voltaran gel isn't doing any good, 800mg ibuprofen was a joke. I even took some oxy last night and while it took the edge off, it's not something I want to take on a regular basis. Started PT last week and she says it could take up to 6 weeks to see if it's working. I don't know if I can go another 6 weeks in this much pain. Should I be calling the surgeon again or just suck it up till my appt on the 14th of next month?