I am new to this type of messaging and have been reluctant to make public my problems. However, as I was searching the Internet to find answers, I found a specific post on this site that made me feel normal again for the first time in almost 20 years!
The post was left by Jim863 and I wish to thank him.
After 2 failed cervical fusions and a number of doctors not seeing a fractured vertebra for almost 9 years after the 1st procedure, I will just say to everyone searching for relief from chronic pain long after cervical spine surgery that I pray to God the day will come when doctors put their patients intelligence and visible agony in perspective before making irrational statements about phantom pain and other idiotic claims.
I gave up trying all pain medications nearly 4 years ago because they didn't help at all. I had a number of nerve blocks that didn't help either! Today I am still living in agony and get by with as little as 2 hours sleep a night until I reach such a sleep deficit that I literally pass out. I was at one time a well known and respected jeweler in South Florida. I've kept all my tools hoping and praying that I would go back to work some day but, I now have to resign myself to the fact that I have to let go of the past and move on because "it aint gonna happen!". I owe that thanks to all my doctors who milked me dry and tried their hardest to make me believe it was all in my head.