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Been in Pain for over 14 years (newbie to site)

SharonSCSSharonSC Posts: 7
edited 11/26/2014 - 6:08 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
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.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,859
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    The first thing I noticed reading our thread, was the amount of Oxycontin you are taking daily.
    80x3=240 and 30x3=90 -> Over 300mg of Oxycontin daily. That is a HUGE
    Then add the amount of Soma and Baclofen you take daily. Both of those are muscle relaxers, which I have never seen taken together. Pharmacists and Doctors would definitely advise against doing that.
    Sounds like you are on enough medication to make a zombie out of anyone. Doesnt sound good to me.

    It still will be helpful if you provide us with:

    It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. Here are some questions that you
    should answer:

    • - When did this first start?
      - Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
      - What doctors have you seen?
      - What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
      - What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results
      - What medications are you currently using?
      - Has surgery been discussed as an option?
      - What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?

    Providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
    of your situation and make it easier to respond.

    Please take a look at our forum rules: Forum Rules

    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • orthopedic and neurological clinics that may offer sliding scale services. If I were you, I would be checking into those resources and looking at reducing some of the amount of medications that you are on. That is a large amount of medication, and if you do need surgery, the pain levels would be difficult to manage since you are taking such a large amount now.
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