Wow! I have stumbled onto something wonderful here at the message board....I never expected such a reaction. I worried all night long that I made a fool of myself with my posts. Thanks so much for your insightful words. It is obvious we are all "in the know" regarding CP. I suppose I am so surprised because I've never been able to converse with people that share my experience with constant off the charts pain. I gave up trying to describe it long ago. Unless one has felt it they'd never understand.
Yup, that is why we are all STILL here. Once you find other people who understand exactly what you are going through, it is hard to turn away. Knowing there are others like ourselves out there is both comforting and dismaying. Unfortunately, even though there are many CP people, there are also addicts who have made our lives very difficult. It is unfortunate that a lot of doctors have let the addicts turn against CP patients.
I did have my fusion through the front of my neck. I still find it difficult to swallow if my head is turned but that is simple to deal with, the pain was not so simple.
Unfortunately, I think you may have confused myself (Mochia/Sue) with Denim when you responded about AZ, Denim/Barb is the one having problems with the AZ doctors. Although, I did live in the Mesa/Tempe/Scottsdale area for a while, but it was before my chronic pain.
At any rate, stick around and post more, you won't be sorry you did...we are all fighting the same battle.
cervical fusion 2006, with great result
L4-5 surgery with cages, plates, and screws in 2005, I have continued pain
MEDS: Fentanyl patch, Norco, Celexa, trazodone, and Parafon Forte
Im going to smile like nothing is wrong, act like everything is perfect, and pretend its not hurting me.