I'm in the same boat, but without any narcotics. Next week, Botox (1st treament) ANOTHER MRI and then a reading. Wed, Thur and Fri. Oh and I work full time. HOW? Its nuts. I take zanaflex and when I have to take one at work, I fall asleep at my desk. :/
I have been on: Topamax (dopamax), Elavil (made me mean), Relpax (no real relief noted), Namenda (vivid gruesome nightmares), Cymbalta (now), Verapamil (no relief noted), Occipital Nerve blocks (seem to help occular but massive neck pain and cant lie on back and still headaches), accupuncture (once, complete out of pocket expense with no relief, but people say I needed to go more), maxalt (no help), midrin (no help), treximet (no help) and I have Sumavel Dose Pro shots that do work great., but limited to two a day. I've also been in PT.
On top of these, I have phenegram and take that with 2 benedryl and 2 advil. Its a nice concoction and helps, but only for a while.
I've been in the ER with dilotted and I've been in clinic with Depakote drip. Depakote did NOTHING but cost me 700.00 and Dilotted is nice, but the only way to get it is in ER. It gave me the most relief for a few days.
I am living a dehabilitated life, missing many events, work, etc. I am thinking if my hrs were reduced, for a while to get me on track, that could be quite helpful. If not, maybe disability is in sight. I can barely function. I went home last Friday and was in bed until Sunday. Even Sunday, I still had a headache.
If I have a couple drinks, I feel so much better. But drinking is not the answer. Why cant I get relief?
My husband got a tens unit and when I went to PT before, they used it on me. So I am going to use it, too.