Posted 10/4/2009 10:52 PM (GMT -6)
I had occipital neuralgia with pain that wrapped around to the front of my face. Facet injections have helped a lot but need to be redone every six months. I did lumbar blocks without being put out but I was told the neck injections are just way to painful not to be knocked out.
Because I have so much pain in different areas I finally went to Oxycontin 10 mg. It was so much better because it had no tylenol in it and it was long acting so the pain stopped waking me up. Most docs are afraid to prescribe it.
I have fibro, breast cancer treated with chemo and radiation, chronic fatigue, bone grinding bone in my hip, depression and anxiety, interstitial cystitis, radiculopathy and bone spurs on spine, 4 herniated discs. Cymbalta has changed me for the better. It is a great drug. I rotate sleep meds so that they keep working. If I take the same one too long it stops working. Sleep meds are to help me get some solid sleep before my bladder wakes me up to pee (which it was doing every hour). Poor sleep is our biggest enemy.
I am so fortunate to have a great pain doc and a great psychiatrist. Worst part is seeing pharmacist who (has not met me) when they look up my prescription record. Some just claim they are out of oxycontin. The regulars know me, see that I go to all the same doctors. and they respect my pain.
Best of luck. You are not alone!