I had surgery in April of 2010 and have had neck pain for the last 6 months. I had an ACDF of c-5 & 6 and the fusion is perfect. My neck pain is directly in the middle of my neck and starts at the base of the skull and down to the middle of my shoulder blades. I've been to PT and have had shoots doen through the front of my neck both sides by the jugular vein (not sure the med term) about 1 month ago with no relief. On December 29, 2010 I had facet injections in c-4, C-5 and on Jan 2, 2011 my pain started back and is progressivley gotten worse. My questions are as follows:
1. Along with the neck pain, I get bad headaches. Is this muscle related or nerve related?
2.I've been taking 10mg percocet 2-3 times daily. I'm 35 years old and wondered if my pain doctor will put me on pain meds the rest of my life or will he continue to do facet injections (which haven't worked) or will he use me as a lab rat and do different injection sites or procedures?
3. Is there anyone out there that has had the same thing happen to them and found that they have scare tissue, more herniated discs, etc.?