In 2008, age 25 Male, I had a Spinal Cord Injury after crushing C5-C6, I had a laminectomy and a fusion from C4-C7. I was very lucky and regained the use of my legs and am now an ultra marathon runner. My problem is the chronic pain in my neck and burning pain in my right arm. This pain is a constant draw on my energy and emotional/ physiological state. Due to the fact that I run so much (running is the only time I'm not in pain) I can't be on a constant flow of narcotics like most of America. I've taken Neurontin, Lyrica, Baclofen, Percocet, Hydrocodone, an array of muscle relaxers, and have been though a year of weekly massage treatments, I've tried dry needling , acupuncture, every holistic rub and cream (topricin helps some of the burning), Heat packs( help when I can stay seated/relaxed), even medical marijuana (eating it), and I'm currently on WSN never support formula. If it works for the pain, it takes away all performance and drive. I have a serious problem with our affinity to fix all problems with narcotics. I feel like there has to be a solution for an active person that can't afford to be doped up all day. When I tell doctors this they generally stare at me blankly because everyone else gladly takes the pain pills and leaves happy. The pain is generally the worst when pressure systems move in and out, the pain will get so bad I will actually feel ill and will stay inside all day. I generally have to take narcotics on these days in order to even function. I've looked into neurostimulators but I'm not sure about my application. At 29 i've been in pain for 4 years I really need some help!
Please, If your advice is for me to stop running, take a minute to think about the fact that I had my legs taken away from me, I will not squander this gift I've been given, and I will run every day until I die, if you disagree with this I really don't care. Advice like that will only draw away from me finding a solution that will help me. Please be courteous of that, Thanks.View Thread
I get pain in the same place Mid tibia, anterior side, generally I find what provokes this is an extreme increase in activity, either to fast or to far (say on the treadmill). It takes about a week or too to calm down once aggravated. Try compressions and Ice Massages. Once you have it back to normal take smaller baby steps in your fitness routine. That should help also try to be light on your feet, pounding can irritate it as well. hope this helpsView Thread