I have been dealing with neck & shoulder pain and overwhelming headaches for about 16 years now. The pain has grown in intensity causing more and more concern as the years passed. My first course of treatment some 10 years ago was to go a chiropractor. Due to my symptoms he did an x-ray and quite seriously asked me if my mother had ever admitted to dropping me on my head as a child..I laughed..At first, he then explained what he saw which was as he stated " a fusion of C3 & C4 and degeneration of C5 due to it's overcompensating for the fused vertebra. At last, I thought, I'm not crazy, lazy, hypochondriac etc.. A real reason for my pain. Moving forward, I did have an MRI set up by my GP with a neurologist. She stated quite matter of factly there was no real reason I should be in so much pain (although she saw the fusion and arthritis) and the pain pills I had been prescribed should be replaced by muscle relaxers- end of conversation. OK?? My GP listened to me and believed I was not a "drug seeker" he has been my provider for years so we continued on. I, on my own accord saw an orthopedic DR., he quickly did the series of flex tests and made a couple snide remarks and sent me packing. Hopelessness again that I would never find a cure if you will, a true solution to what could be done to end this misery. Finally my GP has referred me to a pain management DR. He has started with steroid inj. in the right side of neck. One month later upon return visit we decided to to epidural midline? (base of neck) inj. He has told me that I have stenosis, spondylosis, something wrong with my facet joints I guess based on the old MRI. I have now at his request had a new MRI at a different hospital ( a point he made) and will see him Friday for the results and next set of inj. I suppose. My goodness, I forgot to mention he believes the fusion could be due to a violent car accident (air bound and impacted 4 times on the topside of the car) but upon my own research all I ever find is either find is fusion from surgery or congenital. Any input would be appreciated. Thank you for your time.