Re: Cervicogenic/Myofacial headache anyone?
Hey again friend. Thank you for the informative post, not too long at all. Hope I didn't bring you down last post. I am in better space today. I was freaking because I just knew what was going to happen and there was nothing I could do about it. Sounds like you have it worse than me. I have kept a diary for last 2.5 yrs. I have had breaks in headache up to 8 days long. So far it has always returned. Here are more details if you get bored and want to read long post.
Felt something strange in upper back at work (construction, sledge hammer). ER next day with stabbing pain in between shoulder blades. Numbness left arm, pinky and ring finger. June-06.
Primary doc. follow up, referral to neurosurgeon. Recommended foraminotomy.
Second opinion from neurosurgeon = no surgery if I had control of basic bodily functions. I chose no surgery.
Saw a PT for 6 months. Little change. He was all about strengthening exercises. I thought it was kind of stupid since I used to be very strong for my size, I could bench press almost twice my weight.
Saw another PT for six months. All about massage. Helped for a day or so afterwords.
Found a pain doc. She was all about alternative medicine. Through her I tried:
Intramuscular stimulation (which helps short term. Acupuncture needles at trigger points)
Tried Feldenkrais PT, which has helped alot. It's on the web. I am still seeing this lady who is also teaching me Qi-Gong, which has extended my range of motion.
Got a nerve root injection which helped, but I swear I saw my life flash before my eyes. Most painful thing I have ever felt, better afterwords though.
I ended up up doing the IMS every 10 days for six months. I got to the point where I could sit back in a chair. Used to couldn't because my back muscles were way to sensitive.
About the last year or so, I just got the IMS every month. That is over since my pain doc. moved. I do Qi-Gong at night when I can. Sometimes I wake up w/o headache but when I get up it is usually on. Any lifting over 8 pounds or so will trigger all my symptoms. Walking will do it also. I basically can't do exertion w/o triggering symptoms. I am now searching for help again. I am scheduling doc's. It sucks. Last guy I saw was complete jackass. Have not worked in two years.
Meds have been all otc's, neurontin, flexeril, oxycodone. I have to lay off the flex, and oxy. often since tolerance/effectiveness degrade with continued use. Ice packs all the time. Heat makes it worse for me. I do not have dizzy spells.
That is it in a big nutshell. I am on these boards alot. Usually spine, headaches, pain management. I will be watching for your posts. Maybe one of us will find an answer and we can pass it on. Good luck.
Last edited by matt3507; 11-25-2008 at 12:57 PM.
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