45 years ago I was in a horrible car accident and tore all the tissue in my neck. Hit at a stop light from behind by a drunk driver. Sitting shotgun in old Ford falcon with no seat belt and no head support then the car was thrown crossways into oncoming traffic. Hit head on. Broke both my hands on metal dash but at least I didn't go through the glass.
Fast forward to now. I recently stop taking all my pain medication for a failed L4-5 fusion because my cardiologist suggested that I try to stop meds, especially methadone. I realized with some shock that my symptoms that I thought were heart related felt neck related. Numbness in arms, shoulders, face, throat etc. I asked pain mgmt docs to order a cervical ct (I have a spinal cord implant and can't have a MRI.)
Results - severe degenerative discs c3-c7 with complete collapse of disc space at all levels. No arthritis. Clearly an end result of my neck injury. Multiple bone spurs at every level. Some foraminal stenosis.
So what can I do short of a neck amputation (lol.) Has anyone else faced anything like this. What a time to quit pain meds. My timing is impeccable.