I have come to this forum seeking some support and advice. I am a 25 year old female and I work with people with developmental disabilities. I had difficulty transferring a man I support and started getting moderate neck pain that never went away.
On March 15th I was shovelling snow one night when I slipped and fell. My pain felt worse after the fall so I took some tylenol and went to bed. I awoke in the night with severe pain and was unable to turn my head/ move my neck. I went to the doctors and was told I likely strained a muscle and should take a few days off of work and recommended physio therapy.
Time went on and I had to make frequent trips back to the doctors because my pain was out of control. I was prescribed the following drugs in this order.
- Over the counter muscle and back pain pills
- Cyclobenzaprine & teva-diclofenac sodium
- Tylenol 3
- Tylenol 4
The only thing that has helped at all is the ratio-oxycocet and oxyneo. I am taking 30mg oxyneo and 2-4 5mg percocet each day now and have been doing do for nearly 2 months. I have also start taking cymbalta. My pain is not improving at all but my doctors and physio therapist are encouraging me to continue to take large amount of narcotics, which I do not like. The drugs I am on make the pain less intense, but it is definitely still a constant presence. Physio therapy doesn't seem to help at all.
My MRI shows "a tiny disc protrusion at C4-C5" and "a small posterior disc bulge and protrusion on the right, which abuts and indents the ventral aspect of the thecal sac. There is focal flattening of the contour of the cervical cord with mild efacement of CSF signal around the cord."
My pain is in my neck and shoulders and down my right arm. It is always present in my neck, shoulders, and down to my elbow in my right arm. I have intermittent pain, numbness, and tingling from my elbow into my fingers. My arm is very weak.
I have a referral to see a neurologist for a nerve conduction study and also to see a neurosurgeon. Given that I was injured at work, I am dealing with the workers compensation board to have all of my appointments and referrals taken care of. They have continued to encourage me to work and I am really struggling to do this with the intensity of my pain. I am barely able to care for myself at this point.
I am struggling to advocate for myself and I don't know what to do or what to say to my doctors and case manager to make them take this injury seriously and help me get better. Any and all advice is greatly appreciated, I am at my wits end and I just don't know what to do with this pain any more.
In addition to medication I have tried the following: Traction (with machine, manually, and with traction pillow), Hydro/Aqua Therapy, Acupuncture, IMS, Massage Therapy, Ultrasound, Relaxation, neck/ shoulder strengthening, ice packs, heat packs, and Epson salt baths.