Hello. Just thought I'd introduce myself and see if anyone possibly had some advice for me. As I said in the topic, I have had severe neck pain (gradually gotten worse over the years) for over 14 years now. I'm 35 and started having neck problems at about 21 and have bee in 5 or 6 more car accidents since then. I actually have a large array of conditions that cause the pain. I have 3 herniated discs in my neck, spinal stenosis with hardly any spinal fluid left in the neck area, subluxation (spine in neck area curved wrong direction), nerve damage, severe muscle spasms, arthritis, etc. etc. I pretty much have constantly pinched nerves in neck and upper back.
Anyway... I've tried just about everything short of surgery, which I can't afford anyway. I've tried meds, chiropractic, accupuncture, epidural injections, cortisone injections, Botox injections, all kinds of physical therapy... So far nothing has really worked.
Right now I'm on a lot of strong medications just to try to get through the day. I take oxycontin 80mg 3 times a day plus 30 mg 3 times a day, in between. I also take soma 6 times a day and baclofen 4 a day just to deal with the terrible muscle spasms and tightness. Also take Xanax, naprosyn and an antidepressant...
Needless to say, I am so tired of taking so much medication and yet still being in pain almost constantly. I keep getting contradicting info from doctors about whether surgery would help or not. I haven't worked in about 12 years and yet I keep getting denied disability or SSI. What I am mainly asking is if anyone has any similar experience and whether surgery (and what kind) has worked or not. And if so, does anyone have any suggestions for how to get help paying for it. I'm about at my wit's end and any help or ideas would be GREATLY appreciated.