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Hello, everyone,I am grateful for a safe place to go. Thank you! I had 3 level decompression surgery with fusion in Sept 2013. It was a 3 year wait for me. I had pain and weakness in my right leg and arm. My neck and shoulders were covered in bone spurs.I could barely move my neck. I had no choice but to quit working, the pain was unrelenting. c3456and7 were bad, so the neuro did 4,5 and 6. Recovery was rough, but after 3 months I was feeling better. Around Christmas, I started having pain between my shoulder blades that wouldn't go away,then it started going down my arms.My thyroid was tested and my graves disease had gotten worse. When I went to see my neuro he said not to come back until it was under control.So here I am in pain, crying and feeling like I was going crazy, and he didn't want to help. He sent me back to my Dr. to deal with the problems. My Dr changed networks so in order to keep him, I lost my nuero. Now I have an appointment with a new Neuro, April 24.With this new law, my Dr. is weaning me off my pain meds, and referring me to a pain clinic. I won't get in until the end of April. I have multiple ulcers in my stomach, so I can't take nsaids. I am only getting 5mg vicodin 2 times a day. I have 2 grandchildren to care for. I don't know how much more I can take. Thank you for letting me vent. The question is should I have expected more pain? I thought after this surgery my life would be better. Why don't they tell you it won't? Is there something wrong with my surgery? Or is this problem a life sentence? Some days I wish I had never done it. But they make you feel you have no choice.I can't sleep, my arms and back hurt worse than before the surgery.