best regards to paul, I am so sorry to hear of his' health issues.
So I have been a registered nurse for twenty-two years, much of it in the emergency department.
During that time I have seen every conceivable type of injury and hundreds and hundreds of people that suffer from some form of chronic pain syndrome.
I also happen to have many back problems that starting occurring after being struck by a car in my twenties.
Blah. blah, now on to you Paul; first valium really only helps mask the pain, and is really prescribed to combat pain that is caused by muscle spasms , it s in a class of drugs called benzodiazepines.
cervical radiculapathy is a term used to describe in general terms , pain , numbness and tingling caused by pressure /swelling on the spinal cord.
Most people that have these symptoms can trace them back to either a repetitive motion or in many cases being "hunched over all the time.
Think about it, sitting for long periods of time in from of the computer, the way you drive, the way you stand and use various tools in the garden.
When you are always in flexion, as in bent forward you put undue strain on your neck and upper back.
As a person who has suffered for years off and on and never took narcotics for the pain, I just had to learn other ways to deal with my problems, yoga, swimming etc. but I found that many of these activities really did not always help.
Then this year I discovered a way of working out that to me seems revolutionary, based on Joseph pilates program, however tweaked a little, sometimes referred to as somatic pilates, takes out a lot of the pure flexion aspects of his work , while learning to really work your core, get back your balance, and overall strength. I am actually taking a class at the mendocino community college, where the woman teaching is using pilates principals modified by some principals from the woks of Liz Coe on somatics.
I know this really long-winded but I would suggest you look into those works to get out of that horrible rabbit hole you are in right now
Please feel free to contact me if I can be of any help.
best regards, Skip