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Emotional support, tired of many meds
Hello everyone. I've been a lurker for a while now and hope that I can find some people to relate to. This post is just for me to vent my frustrations and I appreciate anyone who is willing to read this.
I've been dealing with neck pain (cervical degenerative disc disease, c5c6 herniation, mod stenosis) and muscle spasms since my early 20s (I'm 30). The pain is severe now to where I am never pain free except for when I am asleep. Now my mid and lower back hurts to where only curling or bending forward relieves it. I'm taking celebrex 200 mg 2x/day, tramadol 100 mg x3/day, zanaflex 4mg 3x/day, and percocet 5 mg as needed for the really bad days. I've seen numerous spine specialists and neurosurgeons, but none have an answer. I've asked each one if the pain is all in my head, which they have said no. I've tried physical therapy many times (which I always had severe muscle spasms during), dry needling, massage, epidurals, heat patches/creams, vitamins, epsom salt baths... You get the idea.
I'm exhausted. I don't want to be on all these meds my whole life. I've tried weaning myself and my pain gets so bad I have to take off work and just stay in bed, crying. I just want it to stop and feel normal.