I am a 46 year old female. I had a ACDF (C5-C7) two years ago. I have been in constant pain since the surgery. I have pain and weakness in both arms and hands.My neck and shoulders hurt and I have terrible headaches everyday. I have been seeing a pain management doctor for a year and a half. I've had several epidural injections, nerve blocks, PT and I am on Duragesic patches 100mcg and Oxycontin, and I'm still in unbearable pain. My doctor says that I couldn't have a spinal cord stimulator because my spinal canal is to narrow from the fusion. He says that he is up against a wall and does not have any more treatment plans other than medication. I've not slept in a bed since I had surgery due to the pain and both arms and hands being completely numb. I may get 2 or 3 hours a night sleeping in the recliner. I recently had another MRI and it said that the disks above and below the fusion are buldging. I also have DDD, but my surgeon says that surgery would not benefit me at this time.
I am to the point to where I am ready to blow my brains out. I've been seeing a mental health therapist for about 6 months, but the antidepressants or the therapy are not helping. I have not worked since before the surgery, nor will I ever be able to work in this kind of pain. I have two young children and I can not even care for them. I depend on my husband and family to do everything for me.
Do you have any suggestions that may give me some relief? I've heard that Botox is being used to help with neck pain, are you familuar with this treatment? My doctor says it's almost impossible to break the chronic pain cycle.