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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 10/2/2007 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
So I wore a cervical neckbrace for 3 weeks and it helped me to be pain free for the most part. Oh what a great feeling! I still had muscle spasms in my neck and shoulders, but no pain, no migraines! I have been out of the brace for about 2 weeks. I still wear the brace overnight. Well, lately I have been hurting again. I slowly have been having less pain free days since. The headaches are all tension headaches and the muscle spasms are bad. The only medication I am taking is Tramadol and Zanaflex when I need it, which is always, but since it makes me sleepy I usually only take it at night.
Before I stoped going to my Pain doctor because he just wanted me to keep giving me injections that never worked, his next step was going ot be trigger point injections. I have had epidural corisone injections, medial branch block, and a rhizotomy (burning of my nerve endings in my neck). I had a dream about getting the tirgger point injections, so the intuitive me is telling me maybe that is what I need to get better 100%. What do you think? Can they help me?
Yes, the neck brace worked, but it is not something I can wear forever. At this point no one wants to really help me. Well, its more like they say they can't help me since they can't find anything wrong. Other than spondylosis, mild disc degeneration disease, and the loss of my cervical curve. of course they say that is not what is causing my pain. I know I won't be hurting forever.

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 10/2/2007 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry to hear about your neck. I have almost the same issues. My neurologist gives me trigger point injections every 6 - 8 weeks. And this has been going on for many years. I'm not sure if they do help or it's all just habit now. I have a headache more than I don't have one. She has me stadol and every now and then, Firocet. But the pills are a pain because I have a hard time swollowing them..I gag and throw them up. eyes   So I get between 7-9 shots in my neck, shoulder and a bit down my back.
Trigger points *may* help you. They are not as invasive as the shots into the area around the joints. Another thing to consider is that they are steroids which are injected. Not sure how you feel about that.
Not sure if this is helping or not..just wanted to share some of my experience with it.
I hope you feel better soon... keep us posted.

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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 10/2/2007 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I had epidural steroid injections and they didn't help at all. I did gain some weight, not a whole lot, but still.  I don't like the fact that trigger point injections are steroids, but I guess if they can help, it is worth a shot. I have begun exercising a little, and if it helps with the muscle spasms, i can exercise a bit more and hopefully help those muscles to heal. I have whiplash from an accident the day after Christmas. I honestly cannot imagine why I still have muscle spasms/

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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 10/2/2007 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the epi's and nerve blocks and a rhizotomy too. Now I got a new pain management doctor and he's going to do a new procedure Stryker Percutaneous Discectomy Probe. I have mild ddd and this procedure is to go in with a needle and remove some of my disc to open up space and help with the Spinal Stenosis I have. Just waiting for insurance approval and hope to have it done over Thanksgiving break as I'd have help then. Maybe this procedure could help you. Do a google search on it. Just a suggestion and something different to consider, Good luck to you and lots of soft hugz too, don't give up always ask questions!!!!!!!! Keep us posted okay..........
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