Please help... I am looking for someone with similar symptoms... I feel so alone and that no one understands...
I am a 41 year old female that is extremely active.... I play competitive tennis and workout daily....I have had neck pain for the last 10 years... I finally found a Dr last year that has tried to help... I have been in pain management since October 08
I had a cervical neck MRI four years ago... was told by an Orthapedic Dr that nothing was wrong with me.... I am extremely fit and I feel the Dr's look at me and don't take me seriously.
Had another MRI last year and it says the results from the last MRI are worse.
Basically I have four herniated discs a bulging disc and arthritis in five places....degenerative disc disease... the curve of my neck is slightly going the other way... my bones slip out of place... I hold my head every so slightly to the right... this causes constant muscle spasms in entire neck shoulder area.. also my right shoulder is slightly higher than the left... also my right elbow is always feeling numb... sometimes my jaw goes numb too.
I do not have one specific incident that caused my problems... I had couple of falls (tore my hamstring) and two minor car accidents.... but nothing outstanding to have caused my pain.
I have tried everything..... massage, acupuncture... physical therapy... muscle release.... 5 cervical facet injections... the last thing I did was Botox in my neck/shoulder area...it helped so much with the pulling but I feel I am in more pain now.... I am scheduled next to have a cervical epidural block.
I have refused all meds until early this year... I was put on Skelaxin, and 5mg of vicodin.
I am now have 5mg of percocet ...I take 3 at a time once
a day around noon and get 0 relief.... I take Skelaxin here and there but that's all I take right now.
I did not like Celebrex or Meloxicam and Volteran gel did nothing for me.
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 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.....
Thanks for listening