First I want to say welcome to our HW family. From the sounds of your MRI report, you do have reasons for pain? The fact that you have numbness signals there is some nerve involvement. Have you seen a Neurologist or Neurosurgeon for an opinion? Orthopaedic Dr's in my experience are not who you should see with Neck issues.
There is another treatment you may want to google called Prolotherapy! I have had this and it helped me alot, of course now I am on Medicare and its not covered so I'm unable to go back for more treatments. You can email me directly after you read the info if you want.
You will find friendship, empathy and always a kind word from all of the wonderful people here on HW.
Good morning My name is Dani. It is very nice to meet you. I am new here too. Everyone is very caring and truly DO understand. Healing Well has become a comfort to me in more ways than one, a true gift. I know for sure there are other folks with DDD and some with structural problems in the neck. I'm so sorry that it is causing you so much pain. It sounds like you are working ever so hard to regain your mobility and control the pain
I am in pain 24/7....I just don't think anyone understand how much pain I am in all the time..... I try to push through but it's getting harder and harder to cope....
I think your right. I dont think the folks around us truly understand. I mean... when your asked every 5mins "whats wrong?" and have to fight the urge to say "What are you NEW?" well... But here? Everyone has been there to some extent.
I am just looking for someone with some understanding...... my insurance company (Blue Cross) is a joke.... I pay over $400 for my muscle relaxers... it took almost five months to get approved for the Botox and now it's been two weeks and I am not close to even getting an appointment for my epidural... my pain management Dr had to refer me to another pain management Dr who does do the epidurals.... the jumping through hoops and all the red tape is ever so frustrating.....
We were switched to Blue almost a year ago. Oh my goodness! I'm glad that someone else understands what it is like. It really feels at times that I need a degree in "Insurance ology" to figure out if I can afford to sneeze. More recently thou, Blue has been working very hard to try to retain my care at the level I need to survive. Eventually I was sent to the most wonderful supervisor and she has really helped out alot, what a blessing. We met her a few months ago and she along with the hospital have been working very hard so I can.. well Live. I do worry that it will go back to the way it was before we met her... Odd no? That as an everyday American I am unable to comprehend the complexities of my insurance.. but yet am held finically responsable for the mistakes of major corporations / healthcare providers... that I dont understand! In any case, what really helped for us was to call the main office and seek assistance with reguards to the claims. Keep pushing for what you need and where. If they are placing expectations on you that you simply cannot live up to (driving all over heck and back 6 differant doctors for each differant muscle)tell them. If an everyday healthy man/woman were asked to jump through the same hoops they would fall short everytime. Ad... I ramble on and on. Sorry, Blue has become a very life changing part of my Health... I hope it continues to improve thou. Small steps are steps just the same. *sigh*
In any case, it really is nice to meet you. I am very glad you found Healing Well Community.
Post script. I forgot to tell you this. I too get injections, but my pain is in lower back and all inflammation related so for me, the injections are a major fighter of my pain.
Post Edited (Draka) : 6/27/2009 10:32:58 AM (GMT-6)
Post Edited (Draka) : 6/28/2009 7:45:26 AM (GMT-6)
Hi Draka and I too, would like to welcome you to Healing Well. You have come to the right place and I hope you feel at home. We all have one thing on common-pain.
I see PaLady responded to you a couple of times and she always has alot of good input as you saw. I can tell you about the Fentanyl patches somewhat, as I used them for awhile. Because of your activity level and the heat I do not recommend you to use them. Here is why, if you are outside playing tennis in the heat you will get hot and start sweating. When your body temperature heats up the patch delivers more medication than it should and this can be dangerous. I found this out the hard way. I live in Tx and yes it gets pretty warm here. Now, when this patch releases more medication than it should then it will not last 72 hours like it should either. Had this to happen too. Also, we have some people on here right now that are on the patches and they are only getting 48 hours of relief instead of the full 72 hours. Some drs will prescribe the patch to be changed every 48 hours if that is all they are lasting, but not many will, most want you to wait the 72 hours before changing and then you spend the last 24 hrs having withdrawal type symptoms. There is a product called Tegaderm that can be used to cover the patch to keep it dry. My pharmacy ordered mine but they can alse be bought at a hospital supply store. Usually, the drs start you on the lowest dose and slowly increase the strength of the patch.
I see you are on Skelaxin, its one of the older muscle relaxers. Like most medication if not taken consistently its just not going to work. I take a muscle relaxer called Zannaflex. which works great for me. But, we are all different so that does not mean it will work for you, we just have to try them to see what happens.
None of us want to be on medication but sometimes if the issue is this is something that can help me function and give me quality life, then I am for it. While on the patches I did drive my car as usual except on the days when I had got too hot and had too much meds in my system.
I know you don't want to hear it but, tennis is pretty strenuous and its keeping your neck symptoms kicked up. Many of us have had to curtail our activities many times.
With nerve involvement going on just be sure to keep it in check. If you get to the point of needing to see another specialist, I would certainly suggest a neurosurgeon over an orthopedic. Orthos tend to deal more with the bones and bony structures. A neurosurgeon has more experience in dealing with nerve issues, big difference. You might consider asking the pain mgt dr about a Tens Unit, they can sometimes help.
Again, wanted to just say hi and welcome aboard.