I am one year post op from a c5 - c6 fusion with hardward that didn't fuse. My surgeon now tells me it is not going to fuse and that the pain I am still having is never going to get better. The pain is crippling, neck, shoulders, arms, as well as numbness and tingling all the way down to my fingertips. Now he says the only relief I might possibly get is thru a 2nd surgery, to add more screws to try to anchor the screws and plate already in my neck. But the success rate of this second surgery is not too good. Without it he says this pain is all I have to look forward to for the rest of my life. I have already done injections, pt twice, taking gabapentin and pain meds as well as muscle relaxers for the spasms.
Has anyone had this second surgery done and if so had any relief at all?? I am losing hope..