I've had terrible pain in my left arm and hand since 2nd 20008 surgery, and have been looking for help since. Things have gotten worse, and i don't know if it's new oxycontin not covering the pain, but arm and hand weakness and hand turning ice cold has also gotten worse,and I just got print out of MRI which states basically C-7 pinched nerve, along with degenerative disks. Would this be enough to now have a strange stiffness going up my neck under my skull, and the pain/weakness and ice cold left hand, left arm aches. I even went to the heart dr. fearful i have clogged stent. my chest has had pressure pain but Dr.felt it could be neck. I feel horrible all the time, something is wrong. If anyone could give me feed back on this finding,what kind of effects would i be getting, I would so appreciate it. c-2 and c-3 have uncinate hypertropy present, c4 & 5 have wide based paracentral protrusion and disk osteophyte complex narrowing the right neural foramen and lateral recess, what ever the heck that means. I pray this is my miracle for help. Could this also cause the extreme low back/facet joint area pain? When I stretch my neck really good I feel it pulling my spine all the way down to my tail bone. but that may be normal, i don't know. I want off pain med, and I want off this crappy new formula of oxycontin, there is something wrong with that drug, something bad. thank you to all of you ... God Bless you all.
Still no buzz in that bee! I don't personally use the new Oxycontin, but everyone on here is complaining that is doesn't work. It's the OP vs. the OC? Anyway that could very possibly be why your pain is worse. My pain doctors won't prescribe my anything like that only Methadone which is not helping with my pain. The degeneration in your spine is probably causing most of your problems. I have this also, & despately need surguery, but my bones are so thin they will not support screws to do it right. My problem is very similar to your. I get muscle spasms in my neck when I try to turn my head at all. Is really a bitch when I drive. Not like a leg cramp where you can walk it out. I would suggest that you take your MRI to a Neurosurgeon & find out what his take is on these problems. He may not want to do surgery or then again he may. Since you have degeneration in your neck you probably have it in the lower spine as well. Surgery isn't always the answer. I have had two, & both are considered "failed". I wish you the very best. Take care & let us know your outcome...
Mary is right most of that is coming from the problems in the neck and like she says it is probably occuring all down the spine as far as the degenerative changes. The only part that bothers me is the fact that your hand is cold. that sounds more like circulation to me. Your cardiologist did not feel there was a problem with the the hand turning cold? The weakness can be attributed to the nerve but not so much the temp.
The new formula of OxyContin stinks!!! I take it and it sucks! My pain has gone from a fairly comfortable 4 to about a 7 or 8 now since they have changed. I used to be able to go days without my breakthrough meds and now I find myself relying on the breakthroughs for most of my pain control. I see a new Doc next month and I'm asking her to change me to one of the other long acting drugs! I cant take it no more! I thought maybe after a few months of taking the new formula I would adjust but I have not and I'm miserable too. You are not the only one wondering if your disease is progressing. I've heard from others all over this site who have been happy on OC until they changed to the OP. It gets stuck in my throat and hangs there all day. It takes hours to kick in at all and when it does it is like taking less than half the strength I was used to. I hope Perdue is happy! They have pandered to all the pressure of the people who could not face the fact that their kids were drug addicts and blamed the drug instead. They will continue to find other ways to kill themselves and we, the ligitimate pain patients, will have to suffer while they move on to a different drug. But at least from Perdues perspective they wont be blamed for it!! Thank you for my rant for the day!!!
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