Many people suffering with ES find themselves in the ER looking for pain eradication. Usually the ER docs either prescribe pain meds or recommend OTC pain relievers & send you on your way. In cases of severe migraines, vertigo & nausea IV meds may be administered. If your pain truly becomes unbearable or you find yourself randomly fainting, having uncontrolled migraines, vertigo…things that are more debilitating, it would be worthwhile heading there.
ES pain can be very intense. It generally flares & subsides & flares again & subsides in unpredictable cycles; sometimes it cycles w/in a day & sometimes over weeks/months. The symptoms will change, too. Some will go away & new ones will show up. Sometimes icing your neck (15 min. on & at least 45 min. off) can help. Some people find heat is better. A nerve pain medicine like neurontin, gabapentin, or amitryptiline can help but all of those have side effects that can be disagreeable. A short-term fix which helps some people is to get a cortisone/lidocaine injection into your neck. A skilled ENT doctor would do this w/ ultrasound guidance to place the needle accurately & distribute the meds where (s)he thinks they would be most effective.
Do you have an appointment w/ a specialist yet? If not, since you’re in CA, I highly recommend Dr. Samji in San Jose. He did both of my surgeries. I’m 4.5 years out from my first one & 4 years out from my second. I’m so thankful I found him through this forum.