That is horrible! I’m so sorry to hear that! I now understand your user name!
I’ve been through the whole chiropractor then PT then pain management then medication then “we’ll pay for X Y or Z” situation. In a lot of back and neck pain situations, PT is best for after you are fixed or have sufficient pain relief and then can work on strengthening the muscles and be able to function normally. It works wonderfully for this! But if you are in constant pain, and need surgery or a treatment to relieve it, PT is a nightmare! It only irritates the pain, in my experience! I know there are many things that can be fixed with PT, but it should not be a requirement for getting much needed treatment!
I just went through a horrible withdrawal period because of the new laws, so I am still quite bitter and not back to how well I was before I went a week without my medication.
It hurts me to hear that you’ve self titrated your medication to create an emergency stash for when this happens! While smart, because sadly it will happen, it is not easy to do by any means when it is much needed! I think the fact that you did it is amazing!