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I probably should have given my history :)
I have:
Had ESI, TENS, PT (myofacial release/strengthening), worked out, botox inj, muscle relaxers (used nightly), ULTRAM used daily *(max dosage per day) was using relafen but it wasn't really helping (presc. strength anti-inflam), motrin and tylenol do diddly squat. I am on my heating pad nightly and thru the day at times, I take baths, get massage, lie on a tennis ball to try and work out the knots. I hate ice, so don't suggest it :eek: :)
My pain isn't from surgery- I am so happy I had it. No real problems there. It is all muscles. I have some muscle pain next to the surgery site bc I can't stretch that area due to it fused and my doc said there isnt much I can do about that but rub it out. My neck, shoulder and upper back spasms are these rows of knots up and down my traps, shoulder blades, ribs, neck. I have TMJ, plantar faciitis and arthritis too!!! I know that working out does help me, but for reasons I am not allowed to say, I am unable to get into a good routine right now. Later, around Sept then my schedule goes back to normal and I'll start working out again. I don't have any narcs, they usually can't help the muscle pain, though if it gets bad enough I'll take like a 2mg vicodin. I'd take the zanaflex during the day but it knocks me out.
THe DO I work with said he could spend hours trying to get me aligned right again. I thought a chiro might do the same. I was getting my neck popped and it seemed to help, though it could have been tha acupuncture that helped that, but I really am not sure. I just don't feel like spending my money on something that really isn't going to help. I mean, should I feel better sooner or later with this, if at all?? This is more frustrating than when my discs were crappy. atleast then I KNEW what the problem was. Not one doc says the herniation in my neck is a problem. I've seen over four :)
SO, gonna try the trigger point inj, I have heard good things about those. I may just have totell the sweet chiro of mine that I am going to hold off foralittle, see what ins will cover and see if he'l manipulate me instead. See, my sacrum goes out and that causes issues and needs to be put back into place and Ijust don't think the activator is working.
SO, would love more input-if nothing else just to be chatting :)
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A 'trap" is short for the trapezius muscle, a DO is a Doctor of Osteopathy and activator is a device my chiro uses instead of manual manipulation. You should ask yours to tell you about it, I don't know how to explain it correctly.
I guess I just want RELIEF. I am so impatient that if something doesn't work sooner than later, then I want to move on. I am getting my trigger point inj next friday so I am praying it works. I just don't want to have to see any docs anymore. My feet, calves and knees are killing me right now. they are sore and tight. I look like a shuffling little old lady when I get up in the am. The ultram is doing pretty well, but I am going to get a script for vicodin again just in case I flare up and can't relax. I am finishing school this week so I am PRAYING that my muscles will get better with less stress, I know that has to be part of it, plus working out again should def. help some.
thank you for sharing your situation though-I guess I will keep trying the activator and see how it goes. Ins wants me to pay a five hundred out of pocket-jeeze LOUIS!!! It almost isn't even worth it when each visit is only 35 bucks.