I'm a 52 yo female who has neck pain in med records as far back as 2001.
I have a DX of Rheumatoid Arthritis since that time. I have various unexplained episodes of ACUTE pain in my limbs that last for 26-48 hrs but reach 8-10 on the Pain Scale (yes, I have fallen unconscious)
Neck pain seems to be independent and unrelentlngly constant. It's my major complaint.
My neck pain began as a 'nuisance' low level of pain. In about 2005-6 I started seeking relief. MRI's, X rays at that time never showed anything. Normal.
I tried PT, traction, chiro, 14 different RA drugs, steroids, epidurals (to the neck area), acupuncture, ice packs.
I lost my insurance (when my husband left me) in 2010 and went without treatment for RA or my neck up till this year. I was uninsurable due to pre-existing RA.
My neck pain has gone from 'nuisance' level to life altering.
I have crepitus (constant painful cracking- up to 1000's times a day-literally) limited range of motion.
This year, upon obtaining the PCIP plan, (which I just lost my rheumatologist) I saw a PM Dr. My MRI shows: annular tear in a disc, arthritis C4-6, cysts and a hemangioma.
I have had the facet injections (with 9 days of great relief- 2 weeks of mod. relief, 7 weeks out-back to square 1)
And I just had the medial branch nerve blocks with hopes of having RF in the near future.
I am currently on NO pain meds, or meds of any kind. My pain range is 4-6 on a daily basis.
Some of my issues are emotional, coping with this pain. I am completely alone. I mean no family whatsoever. (well, 2 cousins and an elderly aunt 1000 mies away).
I have no support system at all. I must work to eat. I must do all the labor (lawns, etc.) to maintain my home. No social life-as I have no money left over for enjoyment. (and my neck pain prevents me from doing things, such as going to movies)
I am at the edge of sanity and depression.
Any words of encouragement are appreciated.
Thanks for reading.
"I live in pain. Meaning on good days it's merely intolerable, on bad ones it'll suck the lifeforce right out of you." - Dr. Gregory House, TV series