nerve head pain
Please help. My wife has now gone for almost two years with very bad head pain (not a headache) in just the left side of her head. It all started we think just after she had left shoulder surgery to repair a torn labram. The pain started as a twinge in the base of her head about 3 months after the surgery. It slowly went up the left side of her head to the crown of her head and has now gone all the way over to just above her left eye. The pain is very very server....she has had kidney stones in the past and she says this pain is much worse. The pain is constant, and does not let up.
The first doctor trip, the pain was diagnosed as Occipital neuralgia and multiple rounds of shots were given over a few weeks time....no help at all. Meds were given...no help at all. After the pain moved over the top of her head the diagnosis changed to trigyminal neuralgia even though she still had pain in the top and back of her head.
The trigeminal pain was attacked using cyberknife treatments...3...still nothing.
We have tried ever med out there...some she just could not handle because of the side effects, but none of the ones she has taken have done anything for the pain except for a patch she was given by a pain doc called butrins (bad spelling I know). This patched did "take the edge off" for a time, but now not even it is working. She started off with a 5mil patch. The doc up'ed it to 10mil, but still no help anymore.
We were told by another shoulder doc that indeed fixing her shoulder the first time may have caused this and he went in and clipped a tendon to try and relax the shoulder muscles to help with the pulling on any nerve. We want know if this will help for a few months. The doc said it "could" help, but gave no promises. We just had that done last week.
We are now waiting on an appointment with a doc at Emery in Atlanta to see if he can do Peripheral Nerve Stimulation implants in her head.
There is a lot more to this story that I have left out because of time and space. My wife has lost almost 20 lbs and is now down below 100lbs. She is bed ridden and her life is just gone. We need some help and the medical profession seems helpless. Has anyone ever gone through anything like this?