Before my question first a brief summary of the last 7yrs of my life. In 2007 i underwent an anterior cervical discectomy & stand alone fusion at the C6-7 level. This was complicated by cage subsidence into my C7 vertebra. Owing to the original foraminal stenosis & failure to fuse i then underwent posterior instrumented fusion with foraminotomy. Bony overgrowth required removal of the hardware & repeat posterior foraminotomy. Subsequent adjacent level disease at C5-6 level necessitated an anterior cervical discectomy & fusion at this level. So it is now 10 months after my 4th surgery & i still have severe chronic pain in my neck, left shoulder, arm & my hand with numbness in some fingers & pins & needles in the rest. So off to see my ortho surgeon again, he sent me for yet another mri & ct scan & for a second opinion with a neuro surgeon. The mri & ct scan showed evidence of fusions at C5-6 & C6-7. There has been a left sided foraminotomy at C6-7. All left sided neural foramina appear widely patent. So now i have been diagnosed with underlying nerve damage or central neural sensitization syndrome. Now to my question is there anyone out there who also suffers with this this problem, does it get any better or is this it? Is there any medication that helps with this pain? Two months ago i was on 120mg of slow release morphine twice daily & the pain was still severe so i decided to try & get off the morphine i am now on 10mg twice daily & next week i will drop that last 10mg. It will be my first time off the opiates in 8 yrs i am so proud of myself. Now i just have to learn to live with this pain. Is there anyone out there in the same situation as me that can give me any advice? Pleeeeese!!