Suggest treatment for severe nerve pain in the arms and shoulders
Consider TENS, fentanyl patches.
Hello and thanks for using HCM.
I have read your question and understand your concerns.
Drugs you use could result in decreased attention, excessive sleepiness as possible side effects, so, there is actually an amount of risk to drive or work that require a good attention.
In my opinion, TENS ( transcutaneous electrical nerves stimulation ) should be considered as one of the possible ways to control your pain.
Also, drugs with continuous release in form of patches ( fentanyl patch for example ) could be used for this purpose.
You should discuss with your treating Doctor about these possible treatment ways.
Hope you found the answer helpful and that soon you will find the desired relief from pain.
Let me know if I can assist you further.
Since the pain and discomfort increases with upright position and is felt easier when lying down, spondylolysthesis (instability, slipped vertebrae ) is the most probable diagnosis.
Dynamic x-rays of the cervical spine (neutral, flexed and extended position) are necessary to confirm or exclude it.
In mean time, consider use of fentanyl patch as a possible treatment about your symptoms.
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