I have been going to physical therapy since November of last year. I go approx. once a week. The problem is that its $90 every time I go. I have used up the "free" sessions that my insurance will cover. When I don't go, my neck and shoulders get really tight and painful causing even worse headaches and head pain in the back of my head.
Has anyone else dealt with this? What are the options out there? My issues are mostly in my neck and into my shoulders, upper back in the shoulder blade area and arms. I also get issues with sciatic and my toes/feet falling asleep when I sit too long on a hard surface.
- Feb 2011- Four years of pain starting with muscle spasms in my neck, arm and shoulders that started periodically. Doctors did not help me with the situation.
-Started seeing a chiropractor in March 2014- had adjustments 2x a week, massage therapy for 6 weeks
-Had an MRI July2014- Chiropractor prescribed because of adjustments not working to ease pain. Saw my PCP and was blown off
-MRI results- Discs bulging at C4-C7, C5/C6 was fully herniated compressing the spinal cord and the nerves
-Aug 2014- Saw neurosurgeon and was diagnosed with myelopathy among other things caused by the compressed spinal cord. Doc said that they didn't know if it would help the pain from the nerve damage but it will stop the progression of the myelopathy.
Sept 2014- acdf surgery at C5/C6 for the spinal cord compression
October 2014- started getting severe headaches. Had migraine like qualities for a month straight. Was given a steroids to try to stop it but it didn't help. Started on gabapentin and cyclobenzaprine 3x day. was referred to a neurologist for the headaches. Wasn't working that well. Was taking Tylenol several times a day with no relief.
November 2014- Started physical therapy. Tried Dry needling but made the issues worse instead of better
January 2015- Neurologist diagnosed headaches as cervicogenic headaches with migraine like qualities. Started Nortryptaline working up to 50 mg. She also told me to stop taking Tylenol since it doesn't do all that much for the pain and I was taking it too often.
Present day- Meds are no longer working, headaches and neck pain are increasing, Going to physical therapy for the issues yet and going broke from all of the meds and physical therapy