I have had pain in my neck for the past 3 months, almost like I slept wrong or slept with a pillow in the wrong place. I explained to my pcp about the pain and gave me hydro and methocardom, it gave me relief initialy but doesnt seem to be helping anymore only if i increase my dosage. Pcp prescribed Neurotin, had severe side effects such as skin flushed red and feeling of being hot all the time, changed to Cymbalta and had similar symptoms of flushed skin and feeling hot. I discontinued use but Im at a loss as to what I can do bc pain gets so excruciating I just want to DIE! I can tell my pcp doesnt want to deal with me bc Im told to call my pain doc but I cant find an understanding one that will really listen to me. I dont want to continue wasting my $ on doc visits and trying new meds only to discontinue them when it doesnt work. I am supporting these docs with my income and spending all my free time waiting in waiting rooms. When does this cycle end? What can I possibly do any different then what Ive been doing? So exhausted mentally, emotionally, and physically! Auuuugggghhhhhh!!!
5 Sep 2011
You should find a Neurologist, instead of a pain management doctor. Neurologists are experts in brain functions, and can order tests like a CT scan or an MRI to determine if you have a herniated disc in your neck (which could affect nerve function, and cause the symptoms you describe), or whether you have a pinched nerve.
Pain Management doctors are basically just there to put a medical band-aid on your problems... most I've encountered are incompetent.
But a Neurologist would be able to order the tests that would see what is causing the problem, (CT/MRI, or a Nerve Function Test), and they encounter problems similar to yours very frequently, so in general a Neurologist won't see you as just a bother.
5 Sep 2011
Hi-You don't mention whether you've tried a Chiropractor or Acupuncturist. Sometimes, these alternative methods will be more helpful than just "masking" the pain with meds. Otherwise, I would try a Dr. more specialized in the area of Neurology (nerves), if you think it is nerve related; or an Osteopath (bone). Can you tell, if you massage the area, is there any relief? Or, have you even tried a good masseuse? I carry loads of stress in the muscles in my neck, and if massaged, I get some relief. I've gotten so I can tell whether its tight muscles, or ligaments/tendons or nerves (which are definitely the most painful). Also, if you ever prop your phone between your ear and shoulder (like I do all the time!), you can cause a lot of pain by jamming up all the nerves & muscles, etc. on that side. Just some suggestions. Hope it helps. Good luck! Pinched nerves are very painful... any nerve injury is!
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