A couple of months ago, I had an MRI where my spinal MD diagnosed me with degenerative disc problems in C5 and C6. Since then I have received 3 epidural steroid injections in my neck. The problem is, now I have horrible debilitating headaches 2-3 times a week which can last as long as 25 hours (most often 6-12 hrs). I always wake up with these headaches, they do not start during the daytime and my pain meds cannot touch them - pain meds I've had include Norco and Oxycodone (not at same time). They are much worse than the original neck/shoulder problems that I was trying to get fixed! The pain seems to center at the base of my skull on the right side and there is no position or medication that can give me relief; I just have to wait it out. I also have incredibly sore jaw muscles when I awake - even after using a night guard to prevent teeth grinding. I never had any bruxism or headache problem before the epidural so I'm sure it is the cause. I have some Flexeril but it doesn't help the jaw tension. I thought at one point that these symptoms could be caused by my pain meds, (3 months continuous use) but as of today I haven't taken any in 2 weeks and just had the worst headache yet (25 hours of pain and puking) My current pain MD is a "volume dealer" type who sees 60 patients a day - he sees me for 2 minutes and then just keeps giving me stronger meds, I'm seeing a new one next week. If anyone has experienced this or has input I would appreciate it.
Mon, 11/30/2009 - 7:19pm#1
Onset of vicious headaches after Cervical Epidural