I've been suffering from sore & tender scalenes for 13-years causing very limited range of movement in my neck. I've exhausted every type of doc and treatment over the years. I'm really at a loss. I had a cervical fusion done in 2004 for my c-5 thru c-7 and neurosurgeon also removed 17 bone spurs. I was only 34 at the time for having such an "old neck". MRI shows severe facet atrophy and spinal stenosis, etc.
Just recently had a scalene block with cortisone. It gave me relief for about five days. Seeing doc today for follow up. I'm tempted to ask him to keep doing them. If I had relief but the pain returned that might be a good sign we're on the right track. Maybe an epidural is another good option. Thoughts?
I have not responded to a facet injection. The doc is trying out different injections to try to diagnose the problem. If the cortisone helped even for five days, that might mean there is a lot of muscular inflammation....right? It feels like muscle pain...Myofacial pain syndrome. Scary trigger point. But how the hell do you treat MPS??
I do not have TOS. Tests came back negative. It's not the facet joint. I don't respond to lidocaine injections, or Botox. I don't respond to accupressure, acupuncture, Rolfing, PT, yoga, massage, or meds. It's really a mystery. Any thoughts and feedback are appreciated.
I'd like to hear about any injections or surgery options that MIGHT help sore scalenes. Thanks.
Frustrated gal in Santa Monica