I am someone who has had many spinal issues over the past 20 plus years. My last surgery was a spinal stimulator of the lumbar region in May 2013.this was the best thing that I could have ever done. Over the past 20 plus years I cannot begin to tell you the number of steroid injections I have had a long with oral use. What this does over a long period of time it Disintegrates your bones. In 2003 I had a cervical spinal fusion and now in December of 2014 I am facing paralysis because of the plate caving into my throat. This was found by me having an EGD performed. The gastroenterologist could not place the tube down my throat. They stated they had never seen that before. The doctor told me if he had tried to force the tube down my throat I would have been in a very bad situation. So now I have to make some decisions because I cannot even eat regular food. I am currently on a diet "Soothies".I just wanted to advise everyone that using steroids for inflammation is a quick fix. You need to change your diet to include raw vegetables such as kale, spring mix, and the like.I have learned the hard way. If anyone has any information about surgeons, it does not matter the geographical region to help me in my situation I would really appreciate it.