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Just wondering what others have gone thru and what my 'best' option is at this time.

Almost 3 years ago, I was diagnosed with c-spine stenosis. Severe pain that lasted 3 months - tried pain meds but nothing worked. As a last resort, I went to a chiropractor. He cracked my neck (like i've never been able to)... sounded like firecrackers. After that I was in even worse pain for 3 days and all of a sudden the pain was gone.

In Feb of this year my pain came back... only this time it wanted revenge. It was worse than last time (as if I thought that was possible 3 years ago). Excruciating pain in my R shoulder and upper R arm. PCP tried numerous pain meds - finally ended up on 100 mcg Duragesic patches. Still didnt relieve the pain so I went for a cerv. epidural. That was great - no pain!! Almost 2 months after that injection the pain returned so I went for another epidural. Diff doctor this time and it felt 'different' when he gave me the injection. I had pain that felt like an electric shock in both arms when he gave me the epidural. 2nd epidural has had a minimal effect - relieved SOME of the pain (still on 50 mcg Duragesic patches which dont always relieve the pain).

My question is... should I go for a 3rd epidural or should I just elect to have surgery? I am 37 years old and this is having a major impact on my life. Other than barely being coherent during the day (due to Duragesic), I do absolutely nothing. I go to work - when I can - and return home to sit in pain. I struggle to sleep because I can't lay down -- I have to take Xanax to basically knock me out. Any suggestions/comments/feedback?

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