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Cervical Fusion did not work :(

edited 04/27/2015 - 7:30 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hello all;
So sorry everyone has to deal with the issues I have read in this forum. I was thankful to find this.
I had Cervical Fusion 4 yrs. ago. It was a work-related injury that led me to surgery. Therefore I have
been at the mercy of only a few doctors who will treat worker's comp injuries.
I continue with chronic neck pain and left shoulder pain. Treated with 5 medications. Very limited in
what I can do. Pain Dr. wants to do a cervical medial branch block bilateral. Has anyone had this done
and what were the results??


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    edited 04/27/2015 - 7:30 AM
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  • I'm also had a cervical fusion. while the pain is much better after the surgery, I still have extreme pain every moment it seems. My doctor is also suggesting a block. I'm scared of its side effects though. I'm interested to hear other peoples' experiences.
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  • I was told by my pain dr. to look it up on-line when I asked for more information regarding the block procedure. I am just not feeling comfortable with it. I see him next month and will ask for an MRI to make sure of what might be going on. Experiencing left collarbone pain that comes & goes in addition to the neck issues. Mine has been a very long time. I hope others recover from their surgeries. There seems to be no cure in my case :(
  • I was also told about the nerve root block. For me, they want me to do it to diagnose if my problems are coming from the nerve root. if i feel better afterwards, i would be a candidate fro ACDF. ive already had posterior surgery and i dont want another one
  • I had a selective nerve root block and it was a great experience. It didn't help with pain at my neck, but I have no more pain/numbness/tingling down my arm which was a huge relief.
    ACDF C6/C7 on 05/20/15
    ...and it was the best decision of my life :-)
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