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Hi Everyone!

Hello Everyone,

New member here: 47/M with a three-year history of every-increasing cervical pain between C2-C7.  I've now had 4 radiofrequency ablation (RFA) procedures, three on the aforementioned cervical areas and one on L1-L2-T11-T12. One of these procedures was very successful, the others not so much.  I've managed to tolerate the pain and constant stiffness up until a year ago, when I began having sensations of tightness and a "lump in the throat" which continues to this day.  I've had two EMG/NCV's (both showed no pinching, conduction loss, or evidence of a motor neuron disease such as ALS, etc.  I've also had several ENT visits that resulted in a throat CT and a two laryngoscopies that confirmed everything in my throat is normal, so the doctors think that my throat issues are due to problems with C6-C7 where several MRIs over the past three years have shown a loss of disc height, a bulging disc into the spinal canal, left & right foraminal stenosis, spurring, etc. 

For pain I take 1x300mg Gabapentin before going to bed each night.  Thankfully, lying down is the only position that provides me with relief and the Gabapentin seems to help with the pain (although not much) as well as make me tired enough to sleep.  I'm heading back to my pain specialist in February to get a cortisone injection at C6-C7 to see if that may help. 

I am looking forward to chatting with all of you and hearing your stories!




  • hello, matt!

    your post illustrates the sometimes long and winding road we "spineys" travel in terms of getting answers, and hopefully, relief! 

    i had very little success with cortisone shots in my lumbar spine, but had excellent relief from the shots i had for my disc herniation at c6/7!  my first one lasted nine months, and my last one was in november of 2015...so far, so good!  naturally, we will all experience different results, but thought i'd offer a little hope to you with my experience!

    i'd like to welcome you to the forums!  please click on the following link for some helpful information to get you started!

    welcome to spine-health
    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,510
    welcome to the forums matt

    i was never able to try injections because of my stenosis - no room left for the injection to go...  you might want to read bruce - my story

    good luck
    and please check back in with how you are progressing.


    Read my story at Bruce - My Story
    ACDF C4-C5-C6-C7, and getting better every day
    It has been a process of healing, learning, exercising, and resting - and figuring out when to do which.

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