I have been looking at this site for some time...nearly 12 months. Thought i should sign up and hopefully correspond with others in a similar situation.
I have been suffering neck pain since July 2015.
I had an ACDF at C6/C7 in september 2015 which cured my arm pain, but i have been left with a lingering neck pain which drifts into my back, shoulders and upper traps and is greatly exacerbated by sitting and driving. It greatly affects my ability to work and socialize. It is hard to predict when i will have a flare up, but it does seem cyclical.
I have been to numerous specialists(neurosurgeon, neurologist, orthopaedic surgeon) physiotherapists, massage therapists, acupuncture and a pain management doctor. I have even been to a 2 week pain management workshop. I walk everyday and swim 5 days a week, but i still cannot get to a level where i can be a productive member of society again.
I have been on lyrica, gabapentin; currently on baclofen, lexapro, and all kinds of NSAIDS and good olde Acetaminophen.
I had my second epidural steroid injection on monday 4th of July, along with 6 facet joint injections.
Anyways, thanks for listening.
Everyday brings new hope i guess.