Hello All! So I have been suffering from chronic neck pain for about 8 months now. My CT results show three mild disc problems in my neck (disc protrusions/herniation and mild central canal stenosis and disc osteophyte complex) and a compressed disk at my T5-6.
The pain I feel is terrible. It has started to affect my skills as a mother and as a wife. I am short tempered, grumpy and most likely depressed! I have tried so many different medications, mostly ant-inflammatory meds, but they did nothing for me. I have been on Gabapentin but it makes me so tired that I don't hear the baby at night to feed him, so I couldn't get to the dose that the Dr wanted me to be on. I find myself taking Dilaudid. I takes most of the pain away and allows me to be/feel happy again. The problem is I am feeling guilty for taking it. I know that it it a narcotic and I know that It can be addicting. I don't feel addicted to it, If I have a morning without pain, I don't take any, but as soon as I get uncomfortable I take some. I am also finding myself taking more now. I take 3, 2mg, pills two to three times a day. Am I taking more because my pain is getting worse or am I just building up a tolerance to the drug?
Has anyone else found themselves in this situation? maybe there is something else that I can take? but I've tried so many already...I guess I'm just venting right now, so frustrated with everything. So frustrated that I have to wait so long to see a neurosurgeon, I feel like every day just drags on and on. I sit and watch my kids run around in the back yard and I so long to go play with them
I welcome any advise, thanks for hearing me vent. xo
Mother of three amazing boys who wants her life back, suffering from chronic neck/shoulder pain for 9 months.