My husband has been in pain for over a year. He went month before seeing a dr thinking he had a pulled muscle. He has pain on his right side in his lower chest area. I finally talked him into going to the dr convincing him he had a cracked or broke rib. When he tried to move after laying or sitting still for a while he would cry out in pain. His dr took x rays and didn't see anything but could tell he was in pain so treating him for brusied muscles. After a few months when he only got worse he sent him to a orthopedic. He does have tingles and numbness in his right hand but they were saying that was c/t and a trigger finger. This dr told him he must have a hair line crack in his rib. He got a CAT scan but nothing. He was told not to do nothing or use his hand and it would take time to heal. Now, after about 3 months of this and he wasn't showing no signs of improvement this dr sent him to a lung dr. This one was agreeing with the orthopedic and just gave more pain pills and told him it would take time. He gave him a bone scan and sstill didnt see again thing. A few more months went by. By this time my husband is going crazy.We don't understand why nothing is showing up. You can't be in this kind of pain and nothing showing. Finally and MRI..... This shows the C5 & C6 in disstress. He sent him to a neurosurgeon. Not sure exactly what is wrong except he wants to do surgery. Something about going in to his neck and putting metal plates in and some kind of round desolving disc to stablize his neck until it heals. It would be day surgery and take apprx. a month to 6 weeks to heal. He says if he doesn't have the surgery he could be paralyzed w/o being treated. Has anyone had this surgery and did it work. Having surgery on your spine is scary but being paralyzed is more so.