My original problem started with a MVA and lasted about 1.5 years before surgery. Had really good results on the C5,C6,C7 fusion and implementation up until I was involved in a MVA last December (07) just before Christmas. Had issues after that forced me to a doctor who wound up taking x-rays of my neck after my second visit to him, come to find out that the two top screws are snapped in my neck and the plate appears to be a little off-center now, fusion appears to not have taken either and appears to be filled with scar tissue. The doctor I was referred to did not think that I needed anything done besides PT and said that he thinks it is stable at this time. Long story short, almost a year after the MVA, still having issues that are progressively getting worse, hard to sleep and when I do I feel even worse when I get up, constant headache in the base of my skull, neck and shoulder pain that sometimes burns in the base of my neck, numbness and tingling down arms and into hands, loss of strength and mobility of arms. The PT helps for a few hours at best.
Going to get another opinion soon, trying to research a good spinal specialist to go see around the Twin Cities area. Got to get something done soon, not currently on any meds, had enough of them from previous spinal issues, but the pain really is getting to me now.
Is it just me, or do other people in constant pain sometimes have moments where they feel completely hopeless/helpless on getting relief?