Hi, I am new here. I am a 38 year old female with chronic tension headache like symptoms. The pain and tightness go from the base of my skull down into my back, across my shoulder blade muscles and into my arms. It is so tight that it hurts to even touch my shoulder area. Growing up I always had headaches but a few years ago it got to the point where over the counter pain medication did nothing to help my headaches and the headaches began to present more as tension headaches. I have also suffered from depression and anxiety on and off for the past 20 years. I went to see my doctor about 4 years ago and he did x-rays but saw nothing. He diagnosed tension headaches and prescribed Vicoprofen-2x per day and Flexiril-2x per day. I was also taking an antidepressant and anxiety meds. This worked for a little while, but the symptoms were still there. About 3 years ago the doctor recommended physical therapy, which I did. They said that some of the muscles in my shoulder blade area were weak and they did massage, heat, traction and exercises. I completed the physical therapy but continued to have symptoms. I had to switch doctors and my current doctor continued to prescribe the Vicoprofen-taken up to 3x per day and Flexiril-2x per day. My symptoms have gotten worse over the past few months so I asked for an MRI. The doctor ordered an MRI of my brain which showed nothing so she referred me to a Neurologist. The Neurologist ordered an MRI of my neck but my insurance company denied it saying that I needed to go to physical therapy first. He also prescribed Gabapentin-3x per day. I also see a
At this point I am so frustrated! I am in constant pain and nothing really seems to help. My doctor is too worried that I am taking a narcotic for so long but does not seem to care about controlling my pain. Right now I am on Vicoprofen-3x per day, Flexiril-2x per day, Xanax-3x per day, Gabapentin-3x per day, and Lexepro for depression. I also put heat on my neck area which eases the pain and tension slightly.
I do have poor posture and work at a computer all day, but I should not be in this much pain all the time!
I don't know what else to do. Has anyone had similar experiences? Any advice? Thanks!!