I'm up at 3am because my neck hurts so bad. I had neck surgery and was told I would only regain 75% of relief. I accept that, better then what it was. But my problem is that my neck is so stiff, achy and sore. I can't turn my head sideways for long periods of time and long period of times means for more than 5 minutes. I have to turn my body.
I'm in great pain with my back. I have a herniated disk in my lower back. I've already had L4 and L5 removed and ray cages put in their place. The disk now out of place is below them.
My knee bothers me often, but getting better. Same as neck issues where the problem with my knee is it gets very very stiff and I have trouble bending it as it feels like fluid on it.
This all really disables me from doing much of anything strenuous. I'm still in Physical Therapy for all of the above. My Therapist says I'm under so much stress that it's tensing all my muscles.
I take no pain medication. Dr. just wants me to take Tylonal and Ibuphron together daily.
I see a Dr. on Tuesday about a bunch of things because besides all my pain, my iron, vitamin D, hemoglobin being so low that isn't helping. I have a muscle in my right arm that has been so swollen for so many years that now for some reason it's spasming. I get a spasm in it and the pain shoots down my arm into my hand and my hand flexes into a crippling position for about 15-20 seconds. My hands hurt so bad that I can't close them tight because of the pain. I have no strength in them at all.
Now put all the above together and I know why I'm having such a hard time working a Full Time Job. But I have a mortgage to pay for and I need health insurance.
My hands have suddenly started bothering me. It's hard to explain, except when I move my fingers or close my hand my fingers hurt REALLY bad. I can tell it's in the joints. This is new for me. It's happening in both hands and it came on in both hands at the same time starting 2 days ago.
What could it be. What can I do, what should I do.
Thanks but that is not the problem. The kneecap is frozen and I have a lot of inflamation in my knee and tightness in my thigh. Another week of Physical Therapy and I go back to the Dr. and he is going to give me some type of injection underneath the kneecap. Doesn't sound fun, sounds like more pain.
I have been getting pain in one ear or the other when I get a bad headache. I've had my ears checked and checked but I'm told my ears look just fine and that is that. Anybody know what to do for ear pain. It can get pretty sharp.
Kelly, regardless of whatever. I have no pain pills and suffering. I went to physical therapy for my knee and my neck today and usually I'm there for 2 hours but I couldn't take the pain anymore after 1 hour. They put heat on both my knee and neck for 15 minutes then worked on both. She said that my neck and knee are badly inflamed. I asked how she knew and she said that just look at my knee and see all her finger print indentations. That's swelling. The pain tonight is unbelievable. My knee gave out twice on me today with a pop. I see my neck Dr. on June 1st and my knee Dr. on June 9th. I may call them tomorrow and tell them I can't take the pain and see what happens. BBView Thread
I went to the Dr.s yesterday. He gave me a very painful cortizone shot. Then said the same that my knee cap is not moving for some reason. He said stay off it as much as possible. Go back to physical therapy and tell them they need to work on the knee cap regardless of the pain to touch it. I go back in 3 weeks and if the knee cap still won't move then he is going to perform a procedure in the office to get under the knee cap. His only warning is it is very painful. I told him then he better do some numbing, IV pain meds or something. I have enough problems with my heart, chest pain and High Blood Pressure.
Guess we wait and see. I'll let you know about the physical therapy. I have no more pain meds. My prime care told me to take 4000mg of tylonal a day and 1800mg of Ibuphrophen a day to deal with the pain.
Hello, You probably have a high tolerance for medication like I do, because we are actually misusing the medication. We don't do it on purpose, we don't mean to it's just we have severe pain and we just keep taking medication until we reach our limit. My therapist told me today that this is actaully a drug addiction, but it's nothing to be embarrassed about because we don't mean it and have serious pain and want it to go away. Talk to your Prime Care Dr. about this and have them set you up with a pain management Dr.. I'm going to do this tomorrow Thursday. The Opiods make my depression worse and then I want to take more pills so I feel nothing and just numb. Good Luck BBView Thread
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