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Hi All,
I need advice from anyone willing to help me. I had ACDF at C5-C6 Sept of 2003 and even after the surgery I had continued pain. My doc said it was normal and after 3months refused to give me any meds and told me to try yoga!. He never xray'd or mri'd to make sure I fused. He just assumed I did. Even though, he knew I was a smoker. I did make great effort to cut back. December 2003, I found a family doc that believed my pain and kept me on meds as needed. He xray'd and mri'd and found a slightly herniated C4 but I didn't want surgery again so soon until I could not handle the pain any longer. Labor Day of this year, I woke up and could not move! My doc was out of town and after 3 trips to the ER. I finally got ahold of my doc. Another MRI was done and now the disc is severly herniated and pressing against the nerves. I have a horrible headache that won't stop and I liken the pain to a migraine. I have shooting pains down my upper back and right arm. Same symptoms as before except for this headache. I can't function with this pain. I went to the doc last Wed and he said the choice was now up to me that he had done all he could. I go back tomorrow and I am debating on whether or not to let him put me in the hospital for the pain. He offered to put me in to get the pain under control. The pain meds aren't working and I'm doublin up on them. I feel like I'm at my wits end and the pain is more than I can handle and I take strong pain meds. Has this happened to anyone else? This board brought me such comfort before.....I didn't know where else to turn. All these medical problems have brought such strain to my family. I don't feel I have anywhere else to turn.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
I had ACDF C6-7 on Nov 6 03 with a plate and cadaver bone. My pain never really stopped throughout the entire year. My x-rays showed that I had fused on the bottom, and not as well on the top. My NS retired during this time so began the shuffle. Finally I landed in the lap of a REAL NS who did more x-rays and another mri, only to find that during the first surgery the NS did not remove a bone spur from the root Canal. She determined that this was most likley the cause of the severe pain and that occasional movement in the graft site was probably not as severe.
On 14 Sep 04 I went back in for the SECOND time for an ACDF C6-7 using my own hip bone. We came in from the other side (left) so she could reach the Spur.
After nearly two years of pain meds (vicodin, codeine, valium, etc....) I'm down to tylenol.
Nearly all the pain You describe is the same as mine save the chin. Some will take time to go away.
My advice is dont take no for an answer on the pain meds. and dont be afraid of the surgery . The prospect of feeeling better was worth the risks the first time (true?) What's changed?

I too WAS a smoker.... we have to quit

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