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constant neck pain/headaches for 5+ years

Hi everyone I just started seeing a pain dr. and am just looking for more information and resources. Been in pain for so long I can't remember what it feels like to be pain free, or even close to it.

MRI/ct scan of head/neck in 2012 showed an abnormal facet joint at base of neck, a small bone spur and disc degeneration in 2 disks in my neck (cannot remember which ones at the moment, I left my report/records at the pain doc so he could go over them and read them) I have no idea if he will need updated tests. Also all the muscles in my upper back/shoulders are chronically tight and painful.

Things I have tried:
-Physical therapy (only went a few times as I had a 3 days long severe headache after each time)
-Heating pads/ice
-Flexeril (only made me sleepy)
-Deep tissue massage (helps temporarily for the tight muscles but then a day later its right back where it was)
-Ibuprofen (have popped this like Pez for years and get scolded not to take so much)
-Icy Hot on the neck

Pain doc has me on Nortriptyline taken at bedtime and Meloxicam taken daily, and will try injections at my next appointment next Tuesday 8/12. No real improvements in neck pain so hope the injections give me some relief. Although I am a little fearful of it, I am more tired of being in constant chronic pain.


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