I had surgery ,becuase my surgeon, and 2nd opinion surgeon told me if I didn't I was going to be paralized, so after being diagnosed with cervical stenosis they they put titanium plates, c-4 c-5 & c5- c-6. That was Feb, 2009, since then pain is all still there 24/7 and scale runs 5 to 10.mri shows it basically blew out c-2 & c-3 & c-7 , People including most family members don't understand. After 6 years depression finally kicked in and the shame of not being strong enough to fight it any more ,due to the stigma of pain, I have become isolated from friends and family, don't get me wrong I am not suicidal at all, I just get sick of the lack of understanding from others. People don't understand, your head is held up by your neck, and when your neck hurts and collars don't help, all you want to due is lay back to get pressure off your neck. I tried mini epiderals, all that did was make my neck mad! I have a pain management doctor, the best I could find in my area, and take pretty strong drugs, They perscribe soma for spasms but only one a day, which is not enough, due to the fact, if I sneeze or cough it causes spasms. The drs have there hands tied in my state as to just how much pain meds they are allowed to give,and it doesn't matter what your issues are, and even the drs seem quite insensitive and seem like they are in it for the money. The thought of more surgeries makes me cringe knowing they may not help either. I have one person that sees me almost everyday and tries two help with cooking & misc and in seeing me everyday and knowing how I was before and how I am now, he gets it. I cannot be the only one that feels this way, I need to log off now because it hurts to stay on too long, if anyone understand please reply, If I was able I would fight to change how people are treated with pain in my state, but since I fight everyday just to due minimal things, I am just not able to, but if I had 1 wish besides not being in pain, I would fight to have drs be able to treat pain in a human way to reponsible person who desperatly need help!!!!