An x-ray in March 2012 showed a degenerated disc between C5/C6; the pain and damage are isolated in my upper right side, and my right arm and right hand. I'm a 37-year-old female in excellent health: I'm athletic, flexible, I look, move and feel like a woman in her mid-20s. Or I did until this happened.
After two months of PT and acupuncture; and, three months of managing the pain, spasms and inflammation with tridural and Flexiril initially (first couple of weeks), then gabapentin--900mg/3-4x a day, and baclofen--20 mg/3-4 x a day. I'm healing but the pain is debilitating without medication.
I live in Canada. I'm a graduate student. I'm scheduled for a CT scan in September 2012 and an MRI in February 2013.
The pain makes living without medication almost impossible.
The medications gabapentin and baclofen make life bearable but planning, thinking, and studying are difficult and near impossible (I've also started taking ibuprofen 400 mg/3-4x-a-day for radial nerve entrapment and inflammation). I'm now depressed so I'm adding 10-20 mg of amitriptyline at night to my medications.
(I also take 20-40 mg daily of Adderall XL, and 72 mg of Concerta for my pre-existing ADD. Without these ADD meds, the other meds would knock me on my butt completely.)
So I'm wondering what I should do next. Wait it out a few more months on the gabapentin and baclofen? Or begin seeking more aggressive treatment?
I really need advice. I want to see my GP this week to review my meds and my treatment.
I'm worried I won't be able to continue with my studies come September 2012.
38 yo F
Spinal fusion w/instrumentation c5-c7 05/03/13