I spent a couple of years trying everything to deal with pain related to three bad discs along with arthritis, bone spurs and stenosis and after trying everything from PT to steroid injections to nerve blocks with no significant relief, it seemed surgery was the only thing left to try. I was told multiple disc replacements are not yet allowed by the FDA so short of seeking treatment abroad, I was left with a fusion as the only option. My surgeon believed I had about a 70% chance of relief and was optimistic because the rest of my spine is healthy.
Unfortunately, after the surgery I had about two months of feeling better and then the pain returned and is actually now worse than before so I have all the limitations of a fused neck plus the pain. I am looking for alternatives and it would seem I need to find a doctor who can reverse the fusion and do a disc replacement instead. I realize that my pain my never go away completely but it's worse now and my ability to exercise and do stretching that would help with the constant muscle spasms is severely limited by the fusion.
At any rate, i'd like to explore my options even if I have to go abroad.
Are there any surgeons who are experts in cervical disc replacement or any other resources anyone can recommend?