I'm a 58 year young
woman in great shape except my spine and feet. I had an ACDF C5-7 in '05 and a lumbar fusion L5-S1 in 2010. Currently, I've been living with insane pain in my neck since '09. I don't have radiculapathy so my NS had not wanted to do anything. I've done PT, occipital nerve blocks with 3 different docs, massage, NSAID's and steroid injections. My main issue is I can't turn my head to the right or left without pain. I'm also currently seeing a pain doc and he is recommending RFA.
I went back to my NS this week at my pain docs suggestion and NS says that another fusion at C3-5. I have bulging disc, stenosis, major osteophytes at the 4-5 level and he said the 3-4 is unstable so he would need to do that too.
Looking for support from others with similar issues!
Oh, I work at at major academic medical center and work with my NS who is VERY well respected.
ACDF 5-7 May, 2005
LF L5-S1 Oct 2010
Possible ACDF C3-5 Nov 2014