Hello fellow sufferers. I am a new member here but not to the neck pain saga. I am a 28 yr old male and began having neck pain with radiating arm pain in Oct of 2008, all of a sudden occurance and not the result of accident, although I was in a single car accident in 2004 that did not hurt or hospitalize me.
I am post op 2 ACDF alografts at C5 C6 that did not fuse, one in Dec '08 & 2nd in Mar '10 from two different surgeons, first an orthopedic cervical specialist and second a nuerosurgeon specializing in cervical procedures. Consulted one of total spune specialist drs I'm working with now before second surgery who recommended autograft going in through posterior, hindsight wished i would have gone with him
was afraid of more problems from harvest site so when with alografts (cadaver) both times instead.
I am currently on medical leave from work and seeking many many specialists to treat my pain. Edited in Philadelphia accepted me as a candidate for minimally invasive procedures focusing on stenosis but I am reluctant to proceed because Edited dr recommends posterior cervical fusion with autograft and believes pain is result of non union and not the stenosis. Also some formation of bone spur one level above and arthritic traits. Healthy, active man without solid reason for non union although I dip smokeless tobacco and continued smoking weed, although not until 2 months post op and curbed use drastically to only one bowl pack a day, little goes a long way. Obtained pain meds from people ( oxycotin and roxycotin) to help pain, but not fixing just delaying and managing. Now with a pain clinic giving me 40mg/d of opana er thats not touching it. Cymbalta 60mg/d started recently as well. I have gone to a gluten free diet that has caused weight loss and better diet, but doesnt seem to affect pain. Pain Clininc has performed 2 medial branch blocks on either side in an attempt to narrow down where an ablation could be used, but neither of the blocks decreased pain.
I also have started seeing a therapist for the common issues regarding chronic pain and depression with a feeling of inadequacy on my healing process. Therapist said it's not post traumatic stress syndrome, but more similar to a physical/pschological torture from the neck pain and not knowing when/how/ if my condition will be fixed allowing me to return to my active self.
I would appreciate knowing there is a definite procedure to cure my condition. So far, drs unable to determine my pain a result of non union or stenosis (nerve compression) so i am seeking more opinions to see which operation (minimally invasive vs Posterior Cervical Fusion) will allow me to return to normal painfree activity. There is some talk abut the failed surgery syndrome and chronic pain now 3 plus years old may have some effect on pain situation. Looking for insight and know this site has people who can guide me. Unknown is most difficult aspect so thanks in advance for your help.Post Edited by Moderator Dave