I ad a C5 thru C7 ACDF done in June of 2009. I had pain for about 2 1/2 years, went through all the shots, etc. The pain went away for about 1 month after surgery and now is back at the same place and level. Most of the pain is on the right side of my neck on the muscle (or tendon ?) behind my ear lobe. Sometimes it goes down my arm into my hand. When I saw the NS two weeks ago he told me that he doesn't think the pain is related to the disc's he took out ! The reason I went to him was because of this pain and he recommended the surgery !! Was he guessing at my expense ? He ordered more MRI's of my head and neck, with and w/o dye, to see if there is any type of growth causing the pain. Did I just make money for him, the hospital and the therapist for nothing ?