Well, my pain management doctor was brutally honest with me at my appt this week. He said, "You've had 2 neck surgeries, multiple ESI's, nerve blocks, RFA's (or RFL's), physical therapy, etc, with no pain relief. It looks like you will be on pain medication for the rest of your life."
I had often wondered if I ever was going to wake up one day pain-free & this pretty much confirms the answer. NO. I hate taking medication, but I hate being in pain even more. At least he was honest with me.
ACDF C5-C6 01/2002
ACDF C6-C7 12/2011
Prognosis: Permanent nerve damage in hands/arms, all treatment options exhausted-- lifetime CPP