Hello everyone! I am new so bare with me on this. I had a one level acdf surgery in July of 2011. Was pain free when woke up other than normal surgery pain. Surgeon released me with no restrictions back to work. I work at a home improvement store lifting bending twisting standing looking down all of the painful goodies that come with a manual labor job. In Jan.2012 the usually mild neck pain came back horribly. I took as long as i could and made a appointment with previous neurosurgeon that had done the acdf surgery. What he found was the disc above the fusion is now blown. I was very dissapointed with this diagnoses. He then tells me I have three choices 1 control pain with meds and learn to live with it 2 try all and I do mean all of the injections physical therapy tens unit etc. 3 last resort and he does not want to do is a second acdf surgery to remove the old fusion and fix all the problems from there. He seems to have set his mind to not doing anything more for me. I have done all the things he has asked of me from the list above. I have not improved a bit and am now in more pain than when I went to him in January. I am not a spring chicken by no means but at 44 him telling me that he does not want to fix it and telling me that I will have to live with the pain from here on out is so depressing. I feel he should at least leave the option up to me. He is scared of the domino effect happening but if it could by me two three however long it may be is something that I would go for. Please any honest opinions would be greatly appreciated from this group. Thanks so much and look forward to hearing from my fellow neckies!!!