I have 2 blown disks in my neck, along with spuring, arthritis, and nerve pain down both arms.. I have degenerative disks in lower back with nerve pain down left leg. These 2 conditions are over 15 years old. 2 Years ago I tore both rotator cuff muscles, one 66% and one 75%. I can only sleep on my sides. I wake up every 2 hours in pain and must switch sides. Currently, I take one Hydro w/2 aspirin in the morning, around 3:00 PM I take one Hydro w/Ibruprofen. At bedtime I take one Tramadol/with Acetemphine PM. At 2:30 AM I take one Hydro with Acetemphine PM. Pain is getting worse and sleep is getting less. Any Help you can suggest? I also go to a chiropractor once per week, and see an orthopedic surgion, but despite the pressure to have surgery, I will not consider that option. I have had steriod shots for both the shoulders and neck problems and they provide temporary relief.
Hi! I have a similar situation. Epidurals in my neck helped better after the steroids stopped. Oxycodone 15mg has been a great help. My neck also gets aggravated pain, spasm, and nausea with stress so Lamictal 200mg has helped greatly for that cause of symptoms with anxiety, hope this helps... :)
I'm sorry you need to go through this pain.
I'm going to speak truthfully.
How well do you like your orthopedist?
Is he the one prescribing ?
I'm thinking you should see an orthopedist who specializes in spines only.
I think you should also see a neurologist.
I'd advise you to go to pain management in a University setting.
It gets tricky with pain management centers because they can be really awful.
I went to a highly rated University but the MD in charge was a megalomaniac bully.
They can make you feel like you are nothing but a drug seeker. I didn't even ask for pills! I wanted a diagnosis after a work up. You have to use your judgement in trying out these places.My doctor spent the whole first visit talking about how he works for the DEA! Google docs before you see them.
You are not on a good pain med regime.
You should be taking two pain pills. One long acting to keep your pain at an acceptable level. A short acting to cover you during a crisis. I found that taking Tylenol with the as needed short acting makes it more effective.
Tylenol needs to be used cautiously. Do NOT take more than 4 grams a day because it will cause liver damage. Several OTC have Tylenol in them (NyQuil ) so these need to be included also.
I think you can benefit from the following Meds :
Gabapentin for nerve pain.
Cymbalta is an anti-depressant but useful with back pain.
Flexeril for muscle spasms as needed.
Melatonin (OTC) for sleep. If it is ineffective then Restoril 15mg. Restoril and Ambien will cause tolerance. You want to take the lowest effective dose only when you need them. You NEED sleep ! The pain is harder to control if you are sleep deprived.
You should start seeing a therapist who specializes in pain. Learning CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) will be useful.
Physical Therapy to teach you exercises to strengthen the good muscles. They will teach you how to prevent injuries. Finding one with a warm indoor pool would be excellent. Water exercises make it easier to get the same effect without as much effort.
Massage Therapist - cool/heat packs. Deep tissue massage.
Learn about deep breathing, meditation and self-hypnosis.
Keep yourself busy! I did best when I was working because it provides distraction. Distraction is an acceptable form of pain control.
It would be worthwhile, even if you have to drive long distance, to go to a University setting for initial testing and pain management plan of care. You can then go home and present it to your local doctors.
I need to warn you what is going on with the government because you may feel the ramifications.
There is a big focus on using opioids only for cancer-related pain! If you feel like your needs are not being recognized, it's probably related to this terrible mind set!
15 years ago, the government went out in a war against pain. Now the pendulum is swinging to the opposite extreme.
I hope you feel better. There are a lot of wonderful people on this site. Don't hesitate to use this as a resource.
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