I got the diagnosis for the bulging disk and the 2 herniated disks in my cervical spine, through an MRI.
The mild arthritis in my cervical spine, with facet joint inflammation and trigger points were discovered at a pain clinic later on. I also have significant numbness in both arms. Muscle spasms are also present.
My pain is generally chronic. Sometimes the pain will stop for a few days but it is generally most of the day.
As far as I know, herniated disks are supposed to heal on their own for most people but its been over 6 months regarding the level of intense pain. For five days, I had most of my pain gone, but it always comes back intense.
I mean I'm at the end of my rope. I just had to leave my primary physician because he wouldn't script my percocets anymore but fortunately I have an alternate doc that will.
I also got corticosertoid injections but they only stopped the pain for about 4 days, then it came back just as bad.
Another issue regarding opiod therapy is how difficult it is to maintain with doctors. My last primary physician was "anti"opiate prescribing and my alternate doctor seems to be liberal abut it(and that's the way it should be if you have ACUTE chronic pain). I might even get this alternate doc to write a note for my future primary physician(which I am currently looking for) regarding how beneficial opiods are for my pain and that I DID NOT abuse them and use them responsibility(if we would do that for me). Opiods are the only thing that stop my pain because my pain is truly debilitating.
My pain gets so intense, so frequent, that without the oxycodone, in the percosets, I will not be able to walk.
Is it possible I have additional pain diagnosis to be discovered, like neuropathy?Is pain this intense supposed to last this long? Do bulging disks heal on their own? What other options for pain are available for chronic severe pain, other than opiods and injections for chronic pain?
(BTW, the central herniated disks are at the c5-c6 and its in minimal contact with the cervical spine. The herniated disks are small but that doesn't mean they HURT LIKE HELL!)
Thank you for the support guys!
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