I'll make this as short as possible, I promise. In Dec I had a ACDF at c5/6 due to a herniation. A couple weeks after the surgery the original pain came back and has gotten so much worse over the past few months. During the time between then and now, I've done months of PT, tried just about every anti-inflammatory med, had trigger point injections, a branch block and several meds for fibromyalgia (all this because everyone thought it was muscle related, not nerve) and even had another surgery because the orthopedic surgeon thought it was frozen shoulder. So, after almost a year of constant pain and NOTHING working, the pain Dr finally sent me for another MRI. I was called this morning and she said the latest MRI was "unchanged" since the first (the first reviled the herniation. I was confused, so I emailed my Dr and she said I still had a disc herniation at c5/6. How is this even possible?? It would explain the continued and constant pain, but I thought an ACDF actually took out the herniated disc and replaced it with bone. What's the possibility of a herniation at the same level and could the surgeon have actually gotten the levels wrong? My head is spinning right now and I'm waiting on a call from the Dr.