Sorry, long post but I feel lost. So got 18 months I've had increasing neck and shoulder pain. Caused I think by change of job to one at pc all day, and poor posture. Work have paid for a desk assessment which came out as my workstation was supposed to me fine. So not really able to change anything there. I've had 3 blocks of physio on the work bupa scheme- all hands on no real excercises to do- nice at time but no lasting effect. Sympathetic Gp. She tried me on atriptaline (sp) but it turned me into a zombie in the day and after a week gave me annodf sedated insomnia. Then we tried gabapentine but I felt faint dizzy had ringing in ears and headache so after a small emotional breakdown in her office she put me on an antidepressant and diazepam to tide me over till it kicked in - in knowledge I was about to have an assessment at the pain clinic.
Well I went full of hope and left gutted. Apparently 18 months is not that long to have pain, and as there's nothing on my MRI, I'm not that bad. I told them about the physio not helping, so they've put me on a list for more. I told them I can't correct my posture without knowing what's right or wrong and that what I think is right really hurts. They said when I do get my physio I will be shown that. I told them sleeping is painful, they said how thick my pillow needs to be(it's as close to that as I can get it).
The only drugs advice was to stop taking the ibuprofen the doctor told me to take and to take paracetamol instead (something I'd previously been told to stop as it wouldn't help at all).
So now I feel helpless. In pain all the time but apparently not enough to get treatment other than vauge advice to get more exercise. I'm back at gp for review next week , but I'm at a loss. I feel like that's it now, a lifetime of pain and not sleeping. I've dumped this here because I hope here at least there will be some understanding.