I've been diagnosed with cervical DDD. Pain can be too much to take at times, seems no medication my reg dr has given works complete. He says next step is Neurosurgeon. I'm on Celebrex, flexeril, hydrocodone 7.5 when needed and Nodolor for the headaches. I have neck pain and headaches 3-4 days a week. I also experience extreme fatigue at times, probably a few days a month. I need to know next step - pain specialist or neurosurgeon? I hurt most of the time even with the meds I take right now, I just want to feel as close to normal as possible. I have a desk job that is very stressful which seems to aggravate my condition. I'm worried if I go to a neurosurgeon he will say my only option is surgery because that is what he/she does. Is that accurate? Should I go to a pain specialist first and neurosurgeon as last resort? Or the n surgeon next?