24/7 NECK PAIN vs. Depression & Drugs
Suffered whiplash in 2007. 2009 I have a C5/C6 & C6/C7 cervical discs replaced. Pain however did not stop there. From an initial relief, pain has escalated to previous levels. Chronic 6 out of 10 pain level, 24/7. Underwent multi level rhizotomy on C1/C2 & C5 to C7. Weird reaction after the procedure. Painful but numb muscles. Limit movement of upper arm, 3 weeks post the procedure the pain is back! (WTF). Been diagnosed with clinical depression and dependency to analgesics. Got weaned off the meds and treated for depression in as to not do something stupid to get rid of the pain.
My Pain Specialist/Specialist Anaesthetist now advised the pain is from C4, but apparently due to the prosthesis at C5 he is ‘not allowed by law’ to do a rhizotomy on C4. Great! Still in pain, 3 procedures later and NO RELIEF experienced. Back on analgesics, TRAMAL SR 150 twice daily and Tramal 100 as an emergency dose. Hey great going. Back on the drugs, depression worse than ever, want to put my neck in a vice for a little relief.
GOING THROUGH HELL. Is the any help out there?