I am a 67 year old female. I work as a flight attendant for a private airline, approximately 14 days/month. I started having severe neck pain and headaches that started at the back of my neck and went up to the top of my head....nothing would
Make the pain go away. I saw a neurologist, who ordered an MRI of the cervical spine. It showed several disc herniations, bony spurs and disc space narrowing from C4-C-6. I then was referred to a Neurosurgeon, who agreed that surgery would be the only real solution, but knowing about my job requirements, he agreed to go the conservative route and sent me to Comprehensive Pain Care Center, where, again I met the most understanding doctor. I was given a note for 6 wks off work while getting a series of 3 epidural injections, 2weeks apart. I have now been a good 60% better, and it has been 8 days since the last injection. I have been given 3 more weeks off and have now had 15 sessions with a PT, where I learned to perform strengthening exercises every day at home. I have a follow up appt with the pain mgmt doc in 2 weeks and a follow up with the Neurosurgeon after that.
I am hopeful that I will have enough relief to avoid surgery so I can continue to fly for a couple of years. I'll let you know.