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SNRI that don't work

I have been dealing with neck pain for over a year now, due to a car accident. Had my MRI last Feb. Finding were 4 herniated discs with formaminal stenois, moderate canal stenosis, to try to make this short. I've had 2 selective nerve root injections that did not work at all. The last time I had one (last month) the Dr. doing the injection hit a nerve twice trying to reach the C-5 level. Horrible pain and 3 days after the shot, I experienced jaw pain which I never had before. The jaw pain went away after a couple of weeks. Called the neurosurgeons office to explain what happened. The anesthesiologist who did the shot, never documented hitting a different nerve. All he said to me was, "you must have an inflamed nerve close to where I'm trying to get."
Do you think? I would think this would be important for the neurosurgeon to know.
I will never, ever have another shot like this again. I've had two in my lower back that never worked and now 2 in my neck that didn't work either.
I have a appointment next week at the neuro's office. I really don't want to have spine surgery but sick of living in chronic pain.
I have become depressed and have severe anxiety since the accident. I have not worked since June. I drive for a living and have been diagnosed with PTSD. I don't want to drive anymore for a living and even if I could, due to all the pain meds I take, I can't. I don't have full range of motion either, so that makes driving not safe.
Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this and what the next step is.
Thank you all for your time.


  • sandisandi Posts: 6,342
    edited 09/05/2013 - 6:31 AM
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    Unfortunately, sometimes the injections work and others, not so much. A part of the reason is that the doctor doing the injections is trying to find a tiny area to insert a needle into and not hit anything, and without fluroscopy, it is not always an easy thing to do.
    There is a link to steps to getting chronic pain treated that might be of interest to you at the bottom of my post.......
  • jadajjada Posts: 3
    edited 09/06/2013 - 3:17 AM
    Fluroscopy was used, still hit a nerve. I was in so much pain when I left there (at a hospital) I couldn't even put my own shirt on without help. Could barely breath, I was in so much pain. They just walked me out to the waiting room and let me go.
  • Jada,
    How are things now? Is the pain any better? When do you return to the doctor? I would let him know about all of the problems post injection and see what he recommends.
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