Please hang in there and DON'T feel that you can't take medication purely because its addicting - there have been studies that show people who have
acute chronic pain actually have a strange symbiotic relationship with painkillers, and in fact its HARDER for them to become addicted than it is for
someone without (say someone who's hurt their arm bike-riding and it'll heal in a few weeks). Tramadol is a good substitute for codeine or
morphine, has very few side-effects (might make you feel sick, it did for me, so it helps to take some paracetamol with it, also increases its pain
relieving properties, not sure why the paracetamol helps tho alas), causes less constipation, etc than any other opiate with about the same clinical
effect. Its worth a try.
I suffer from chronic pain syndrom myself and never have a day where I get below a 7, some days my pain is so off the chart I pass out, and no amount
of morphine will help. Talk to your doctor about amitryptyline too - its a tricyclic anti-depressant, but it works on neurological pain for some
reason (again, doctors don't know why), and it helps me both mentally and physically.
You are certainly not alone in your pain, and I've always said that we either deal with the pain, or it deals with us - I'm glad you're still here
and if you ever wish to talk, please just U2U me, though due to my illness, I spend a fair amount of the day in bed, I leave the computer on next to
me and can voice-type pretty well.
I can't say anything anyone else has other than definitely try more doctors, several of the very first ones I went to were all "its nothing go
away", to eventually finding a doctor (a pain specialist) who gave me some great advice and a good tablet regiment. You could also try muscle
relaxants if its a trapped or damaged nerve, the Ami will reduce nerve pain and the relaxant will reduce the muscle tightness - has anyone tried this
on you? Neither are addictive (the Ami is an anti-depressant and stopping them suddenly can cause side-effects that people assume are withdrawal
symptoms - yes they are, but not from the tablets, your body stops making serotonin when you take external sources, so you stop, you literally have
none) and you should definitely give them a try. Both may need a week to get into the system well enough to see improvements however.
Please consider the pain medication, I hate to think of anyone suffering when there IS something they can take. It's your choice, but it does show
just how much your doctor can't be assed if he hasn't repeatedly recommened and given you the consideration of painkillers. If it is un undefinable
problem you may be on them for life however that does not make it an addiction, nor does it make you weak or less of a person than anyone else.
Failing that, I don't know where you are in the world, but they could try local anaesthetic injections, Lidocaine cream, gas-air (home delivery
system, like you get at the dentists) and many other things before you should have to sit there without anything.
I'd LOVE to see some of the people who have considered themselves to be tough through life give birth or something that has a 7-10 on the pain scale
Clot, trapped 'something' or lymphatic issues, possibly relating to the tic bite are also my guesses. Have they drained your lymph node in that arm
to check for any nasties or poisons in it that it's 'containing' to that side of your body? Worth a shot to have a doctor run a full profile on
your lymph fluid.
PS: I AM a doctor, but of business, not medicine (I trained to be one for a couple of years but my illness made me change professions alas, I was
going to be a forensic pathologist)