Well, I am starting to feel very discouraged about this journey. I was diagnoised in March (see below). After the diagnosis my PCP sent me to pain management, and my PM doc gave me an ESI in April, which didn't work. In early June he referred me to a physiatrist for more treatment (he really only does ESI's and meds). After a few weeks waiting to get it, she performed an EMG last Wednesday (no nerve damage, only muscle spasms). Now she wants me to go to decompression therapy. Has anyone tried this?
We briefly discussed the surgical option. SHe said since I don't have nerve damage there is no urgency for surgery. SHe did say I could get worse.
I have tried conventional PT and it didn't help. I am willing to do whatever she suggests, but I am getting discouraged that nothing is helping. I don't want to sound like a complainer, I know all of you are suffering just like me, and lots of you are worse off. But my life is changing, for the worse, because of this and frankly, I am getting sick of it.
When the PM handed me off to the physiatrist, he said that she would handle everything, including my meds. He had me on percoset, 1 pill 3x a day, which worked well in allievating my pain. The physiatrist seems reluctant to provide me proper pain relief. On my first visit I did a urine drug screen, and she gave me Ultram. The Ultram doesn't do much, if anything, for my pain. Mornings and night are the worse for me, pain wise. At my second visit, she gave me 30 hydrocodone, to last for a whole month! If this decompression therapy is painful, 1 hyrdocondoen won't cut it. As it is I am supplementing the Ultram with Advil and Tylenol, and my horrible neck/pain pain is still present. I understand the addiction potential of the pain killers, but if I didn't have this kind of pain I would not want to take pain killers. I would rather suffer from the side affect of pain meds than suffer from this daily pain.