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Hi All!
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


  • My issues are different than yours (lumbar) but I wanted to comment on the fact that you work with your well respected NS: you are lucky to have a good relationship with someone who has a good reputation, it must give you full confidence in him/her. Also, because he is associated with a major academic medical center, most likely your surgery will be there. This is very reassuring because you can be sure to receive the best medical care there.

    Good luck!

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