Hi everyone, my name is Matt. I have chronic pain as a result of two cervical neck surgeries.
In 2001 I had C6/C7 fused (anterior) after falling at work.
I thought all was well until early 2013, 12 years after surgery. Out of no where came a tremendous amount of pain and limited mobility. MRI revealed that the C6/C7 fusion never took, two screws were broken, and all three discs directly above herniated. I lost 50% circumference of my spinal cord.
I had one steroid injection in August 2013, which did absolutely nothing.
In November 2013 I had a posterior laminectomy (multi-level fusion) C3/C7.
The broken screws are still inside me. The numbness, pain in right bicep, etc has dissipated but my neck and back continue to create havoc on me. My throat was scoped after I told Drs I felt my throat was swollen (difficulty swallowing) but they say the tests revealed no problems.
I joined the site after many sleepless nights, and after being told by my 'pain specialist Dr' that unfortunately we all have aches and pains in life and basically I just have to deal with it. Smh.
I look forward to chatting with many of you and helping each other find a way to live 'normal' to the best of our ability!