I have neck pain and severe headaches, due to an accident I was in when I was much younger. My doctor had me on hydrocodone for years. Then he took that away and gave me ultram. I took that for years, and years. It didn't work as well as hydrocodone, of course, but it was better than nothing. Now, recently, My doctor took the ultram away from me. No over-the-counter meds help. This pain has been chronic for about 35 years. I'm 57. Medical marijuana is too expensive for me. What can I do?
Hi Leah, have you tried acupuncture? Cortisone injections? My neck is bad from C2 to C6-7 crush fractures and prolapse disks and while it is uncomfortable I would not call it painful (painkillers are nice however). You have to remember the doctor answers to the FDA and has to justify his prescriptions. Your issue clearly did not make it past the post.
Dear Leah, im so sorry for what you are experiencing with your pain. Currently, physicians are being pinched to reduce or even eliminate controlled substances due to the recent opioid crisis. Another can if worms. To address your question, i want to get directly to the point without getting wordy because i want to help you. First, i would seek another Pain Dr. 2nd. Dont give up. 3rd. For the time being, i would siggest 4 ibuprophen twice a day. No more than that. ALSO, if you have any GI issues, dont take the ibuprophen! Finally, stretching is very helpful when done daily. Such as at bedtime. Start out slow. Gradual increased stretching & increase the water. Decrease or better yet, eliminate soda, chips and unhealthy carbs! Seek another Dr please. Can u provide details as to the areas of your pain and your DX to me so i may Assist you further? Thanks. Hope this helps. Leave a message with your reply. Perhaps i may help more with details about your conditions that exist. Peace & blessings.
So very sorry to hear about your pain. I had severe 24/7 migraines following a stroke. The single most effective remedy (more so than Botox), was acupuncture. Find a "Community" acupuncture place. My place charges $20 to $40 a session. YOU decide. They are all over the country. I think that you definitely need to change to another doctor. What about Botox which is for people who have headaches at least 15 days a month? Butrans patches are a more accepted form of opiates. Try a neurologist, although there is usually a wait to see them, but eventually a neurologist might be more liberal with the medication. Nerve block and trigger point injections have helped with my neck tightness which contributes to the migraines and might be a part of yours, but only some doctors know how to give them. I also got the injections on my head.
Also physical therapy taught me exercises to relieve my painful neck. Look into physical therapy which your insurance would pay for. But with acupuncture I am in the process of reducing my Butrans patches--2 reductions so far. Don't need the nerve block injections anymore. But if at first the acupuncture doesn't help, after 3-4 sessions, find another acupuncturist. So you see your doctor is not broad based with solutions to your headaches. I wish you the best. Pain can rule your life.
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