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New to neck problems - experienced only in back fusion

So long story short.....had back fusion L4-S1 7 years ago due to severe stenosis, level 3 spondy. Had spinal cord stimulator 3 years ago and it helps. In the last 6 months have experienced weird symptoms and thought it was my heart (jaw pain, shoulder, upper chest). Cardiologist decided I needed to stop pain meds. So 6 weeks ago I stopped hydrocodone and methadone. Recognized for the first time (off pain meds) that I have pain and numbness in lower face to shoulder. Had a CT scan of neck and I have severe degenerative disc disease c3-4 through c6-7. Multiple bone spurs. Some stenosis. The bone almost looks transparent in places. All discs collapsed. (bad car accident 45 years ago - drunk driver hit ford falcon at 60 mph. I was "shotgun" in a low seat with no seat belt. )

Any advice??? I am 63 and a full time business owner. Meaning I am active and engaged but growing weary of so many spinal issues. I am going to try a few injections???? I am sure there are spineys somewhere who have researched similar situations and would appreciate help. What am I looking at? PS. still have a living father so probably facing a few more years on earth to get through. Not to mention 6 grandchildren. Thanks. Kathy


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