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No cure for chronic neck pain

DavidA23DDavidA23 Posts: 2
edited 04/22/2015 - 1:40 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I've had chronic neck pain for 5 years now and it seems there's no treatment for it.
So far I've tried Ibuprofen, Amitriptyline, Gabapentin, Pregabalin & Codeine Phosphate, Osteopathy, Acupuncture, Physiotherapy & Deep Massage. The only relief is from the Codeine but of course, that merely treats the symptoms, not the cause and furthermore it is addictive.
I’ve had an X-ray, visited a Rheumatology specialist and had a MRI scan – apparently no problems were found.
I’ve tried various exercises such as chin-tuck, rotation and stretching but the result was extreme pain for the next few days.
I am now at a loss as to what to do next.
Any suggestions?


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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    much depends on the doctors clinical examination. That is to see if what they are seeing/hearing from you directly coincides with the test results. If everything comes back indicating that there is nothing to substantial your problem/pain, you need to turn to other options. One might be going for a second opinion with all of your diagnostic test results. But be prepared, that might also result in not trouble found.

    Now, that doesnt mean you are not in pain. It means that the pain is probably not coming from a spinal problem. I see from the list of medications, one of them was to deal with nerve pain. What was the reason your doctor prescribed that type of medication? They had to be some rationale for that. Perhaps you may need physical or aqua therapy to help deal with the pain.

    There is no one concrete answer here.

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  • Hi David,

    Have you tried changing everyday habits? like stress reduction, sitting posture and sleep pillow/ mattress?
    I had neck pain for months and went to massages and physio but what helped for the long run is a good memory foam pillow and major stress reduction. I also noticed I sit wrong.
    Maybe look into the little things? not sure you tried...
    Good luck!
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