Hi Whitebeard, yes I had the C5/6 and C6/7 done at the same time. They used cadaver bone and I have the titanium plate and 6 screws. I am glad I had the surgery because my right shoulder and arm pain was excruciating, but I sure hoped it would help my neck pain. Actually my neck pain is higher up than it was, but it is excruciating at times also. The surgeon told me that the discs above the surgery site were very bad also and would cause more pain. I too have Thorasic pain also. Right in the canter of my back is where something popped when I was lifting at work 18 years ago. There is a torn disc there that cannot be repaired. I also have really bad feet problems so there's never an actual "pain free" time. I can't shop like "normal" people bacause of my feet and I love to be on the computer but that hurts mt neck, so what can you do? Also since my DH passed away 4 weeks today, I have really been in even more severe pain.
I wold love to post more but it's just hard for me.
I have a frien who has been in the most severe pain for so long and surgeries and treatments haven't helped much but he just recently had something he called a nerve stimulator or maybe that's not exactly what it is but he is a different man now. He is thrilled to death. He can just push a button and cut the pain off. I am going to talk to him about it.
I'm so sorry for all your pain. It sounds like you have even more problems than I do. God bless you
To everyone else who is reading this, I'm so sorry for your pain also. I can sympathize with all of you.