Well HELLO to all my fellow neckies out there! Let me introduce myself in 2007 I had c5,6 anterior surgery sent to pain management due to continued pain in 2012 pain got so bad could not move pain management did not believe me called my surgeon went through all my testing found c,5,6,7, T1 all had problems was advised he was going to have to go back in posterior and cage me. Healing from that surgery was brutal the spasms were horrible. Alot of laying flat with arms above the head and heat and ice. After 8 weeks post my arm pain came back sent again to PM started me off PT flared me up worse started having the feeling of fire ants in my back found out I had Fibro! UGH! took me out of PT started Fibro massages I thought wow this will be great! NOT! I found out I have screws that are sticking out and I have nerves that are trapped! Yep put me into a flare up from somewhere you would not like to visit! I spoke to PM he said let's try trigger pts injection. I said ok anything at this point! Well, I ended up in the ER that night! Went back to PM he says we need to get you back to your surgeon the x-rays and ct scan the er took shows two screws loose this is 8 months post op! At this point I am still trying to work full time with tears I go back to doc he reviews everything and tells me well the way i am caged in my neck the screws yes are loose but, they are not going to anywhere. It is what it is this is what I was told it is as good as it gets! Well, if you can imagine hearing these words by your surgeon my heart sank I am going to be in excruciating pain the rest of my life? Yes, you are going to be in PM all your life I suggest a pain pump. I was told he was writing my pm doc his suggestions. My surgery was May 2012 and this is now January 2013. I go back to pm he wants to put me on nucynta a long acting long term med. At first I was doing pretty good then my face swelled went to ER had an allergic reaction pm accused me of taking too much but, I had dropped off the rest of the script to the pharmacist and had him count and call. Still pm doc became an ass as started being very rude. He put me on Exalgo which put me in another world. After 3 months of living with no feelings I took myself off and requested to be put back on Vicidon and was doing well until last two months I have a screw that sticks out and I have a nerve that is under and it is causing my right arm to go numb and not able to move it like I should. I ask you neckies out there has anyone else experienced any of this? I feel like I have been on a long exhausting journey of pain and just cannot escape! Yes, I do have alot of hardware in my neck my son calls the titanium mom lol!