First off, hello all!
It's been awhile since I've been around and I see things have changed. In fact, all of my old posts (and my profile, for that matter) have disappeared, so allow me to give a little history:
Four years ago, I woke up with a neck pain so intense that I could not move my head, at all. I figured I simply slept wrong, that night. When the pain did not correct itself over the course of a week, I had it checked by my PCP. Through tests, we found that I had some degeneration of the C5-C6. Throughout the years, the problem got worse and spread to the C7, as well. Today, I am in constant, extreme pain.
Surgery is currently not being considered, as I am only 34 years old. The doctors are concerned that, as surgery is not a sure fix, the chance that the problem could be made worse by a procedure prevents them from seeking any invasive options.
The above said, I find myself in a situation that kind of worries me and even depresses me to some point:
I find the medications that I have been prescribed for pain (Hydrocodone/APAP 10/325 during the day and Morphine Sulphate 15mg at night) do not touch the pain, at all. I take the meds and find absolutely no relief from the pain... at all. I might as well take sugar pills.
When I contact my doctor's office to let them know that the medications are completely ineffective, the clinical assistant lectures me about how I shouldn't be taking pain medications, anyway, because I am "too young to even have the problems claimed".
The pain has become unbearable and I can find no relief.
Anybody have any ideas, suggestions, or otherwise that might help me reclaim my life?
Thank you in advance.