I've been on lyrica for 4 months now after C5-T2 Posterior Fusion due to a car wreck that detsroyed 3 vertebrae and caused nerve damage / weakness in my left arm and hand. Everything seemed to be getting better and I was fully fused at 3 months. Someone told me to try Cymbalta. Any suggestions or comparisons between the 2 for those that have been on both?
The same shooting pain has returned to pretty much the same area (down left side of neck and then shoots across shoulder and down left arm) followed by a very lazy achy feel that envelopes my entire back and left tricep. When this happens, I can't bend my neck back at all and any neck movement is very painful... It's very scary and painful when this happens and It happens frequently enough that I can't do anything for any length of time.
I can still only stand and move about for about 10-15 mins before having to sit down to deal with the stress, tension and pain levels of my neck muscles that have become stiffer than stiff due to being in a brace for 3 months. Is this normal? Maybe I'm being impatient as it has only been 3 weeks of Physio (twice a week)....... I feel as though my neck isn't where it should be.
Physio hasn't been going too well either as my PT is a butcher that is in a big rush to get in and out to avoid traffic on the way home. I'm working on getting another but it's easier said than done finding a good one.
Pain levels are high and this only makes things worse. I'm still on 60MG of morphine and oxyocet 5/325MGs as needed. I've been taking more lately without much effect. I Hope those in my position are doing much better!!!
4 Level (C5-T2) Posterior Instrumented Fusion w/ Decompression (Car Accident in January 2014)
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