Hi all -
I'm Bob Laubach from Manassas, VA. I manage the photo lab facilities at Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria VA campus. My continuing neck and right arm pain all started at a dentist appointment in June 2011. The dental chair headrest wasn't properly tightened and my head snapped back. As the dental work progressed my back and right arm hurt more and more. It was so bad i couldn't return for the afternoon dentist appointment to continue dental work. Pain was so bad i went to my GP instead, who initially treated me with steroids thinking it was likely a pulled muscle. I was in misery the whole weekend with no help from the steroids and returned to GP who sent me for an MRI. MRI showed burst disc at C7/T1. Referred by GP to orthopedic surgeon. Had ACDF of C7/T1 with cadaver bone graft and titanium plate and screws. Felt better but pain came back. New MRI showed C6/C7 disc pressing on nerve. Second surgery by same orthopedic surgeon ACDF of C6/C7 with cadaver bone graft and titanium plate and screws. Immediate relief again, but pain back in different location. Had been treating by this time with a pain doc and he recommended a neurosurgeon with possible cervical spinal cord stimulation for pain. Neurosurgeon had me get another MRI which showed both C4/C5 and C5/C6 discs bad. Neurosurgeon said SCS at that point would just be a bandaid and recommended more minimal fusion using a disc like device inserted into disc spaces made of titanium with stem cell bone in middle for fusion. Neurosurgeon suggested seeing if that resolved pain or if pain continues after we could look into cervical SCS then. Again, good results after surgery but pain still bad 12 weeks post surgery. Back to pain doc and back on endocet and cyclowhateveritis. Worst pain has been the pain in elbow like when u hit your funny bone. Took computer based psych quiz and waiting to hear from health plan on starting the cervical SCS trial. Its been three years on a roller coaster of pain and procedures. When you go to your dentist, make sure they tighten the headrest, please!