I have had many years (16) of constant burning sensation on both sides of my neck muscles especially with stress, driving, tv or computer work. plus I get muscular aches in the back side of my neck as well. its a constant problem.
I'm sitting here post op shoulder scope for impingement but thinking about my daily chronic neck muscular pain. I took (2) 10 -325 oxycodone to get ahead of my post surgery pain and notice that the first pain I get back is the neck pain. when can I find an answer? oxy doesn't even help ?
I have been like this since at least 1998 after a motorcycle accident an the advent of personal computers. had a run of chiropractic care and massage. then another rear ended motorcycle accident in 2005 and more years of computer work. more chiropractic care and massage. some session with physiologist and trigger point injections for specific right side neck muscle pain. many terms with various PT offices. muscles only got worse. constant burning sensations and a need to stretch/crack spasms. given flexiril, metaxalone, valium ( valium seems to work well but no doc wants to keep you on it). flexril only seems to make me very groggy anyway. new chiropractor also says I have cervical khyposis ( military neck ). I lay flat against wall a its very difficult to put my head along wall even with shoulders. I think a lot may be bad posture over the years as well.
2007 on to neurosurgeon and mri says I have herniated c34 c45 c56. (pardon my lack of capital letters, typing with one hand). fixed some problems but 50% still there. on to pain med dude who put me on lyrica and neurontin
mva 1998 & 2005
tramadol - on occasion - at first I thought it was the wonder drug but later I got flu like symptoms - on 3 different occasions
klonopin - I was taking this for anxiety attack about 4 years ago but seems to help like valium - still using
valium - I thought worked the best but no doctors want to keep you on it.
skelaxin - no change
flexeril - too groggy even at lowest dosage - not that effective anyway
lyrica (current )- did work for sharp pain I was having in one spot on my neck that felt like a knot - up to max dosage and have had a lot of weight gain - don't know if this is all the cause for that but I would like to wean off
Neurontin - no effect then given lyrica
in bed I have a foam mattress with various pillows. I seem to like no pillow best so that my head lies in the same plane as my back.
my curiosity is mostly about anyone else who gets the burning pain on the sides?