I've been reading a lot of people talking about the 24/7 migraines which caused me to see my neurologist who then sent me to get a MRI w/contrast. Bad idea...now they found a mess. I am hoping that someone has had something like this. I have an 8 hour surgery scheduled for Jan 4th and I'm terrified. I haven't spoken to the surgeon again as of yet, but I don't know what kind of brace I'll be in after this surgery. I have chronic pain issues already due to a lumbar fusion 2 levels, and fibromyalgia and Lupus so I think I can handle the pain following this daunting surgery. The doctor told me the pain is going to be worse that after open heart surgery. I guess they go through the front and back of my neck.....ummmm..I'm frightened ! I'm allergic to ALL narcotics so I guess tylenol post-op is all I've got. Anyone out there that has any suggestions or answers?