Hi. New here with some questions. my story...no accident, nor injury that I am aware of. About a year ago started getting a burning, piching sensation in my upper arms. Then neck pain which now goes from the base of the skull down between my shoulder blades. the last week, I've been getting numbness in the bottom of my right hand and little finger. I've had MRI (bone spurs and other age related deterioration). Nerve conduction test. bone scan. I've done PT, tried neurontin...didn't work. I've had one epidural nerve block and a total of ten facet injections....none of which have helped. Currently on robaxin and norco...which is becoming less efective. Don't have enough sick leave vacation to be able to even try surgery. It's becoming unbearable. Everyday is a struggle to just get through.
Anyway, I see references to "nerve" pain. Isn't all pain, nerve pain? How do you tell the difference? I assume cymbalta and lyrica are the same as neurontin? I also wonder about trigger point injections. Are there predefined trigger points? or, are these something a doctor finds by feeling around? Thanks