I've got crushed nerves at the neck causing pain in my arms that keeps me awake at night. In the day, I can cope, using a varied range of methods including lots of movement, distraction, changing activity, heat packs, short rests, hypnosis and painkillers (codeine and morphine). At night, I have valerian tea to get me off to sleep, I don't drink alcohol, I use heat and lots of pillows to support my arms, but I always wake up when the painkillers wear off. I have to get up to release the pressure, often take more valerian or pain relief, and meditate to get back to sleep again, all of which loses hours of my precious rest...
I have tried and absolutely hated gabapentin, amitriptyline and baclofen. I can't do cold stuff and TENS doesn't help. I hate taking opioids, but they do work a bit, unlike the above list. Diazepam only gives me 4 hours. I'm very active, walk 5-10 miles a day, and go to bed tired. But nothing works in my sleep.
I'd be grateful for any further ideas!
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