Ok WB...I sent you an email with the info...so let me know if for some reason you don't receive it..
Wow...we are pretty darn similar with the neck issues..huh??? Yes...the surgeries did the same thing for me..relieved the immediate arm/hand pain and numbness..but nothing to help with the neck pain..But I really wasn't expecting it to do this anymore as I have a wonderful surgeon this last time who went over realistic expectations...
The first surgery I had I was maybe a 1 or 2 for a few years which was great..and 2nd surgery was a joke with a terrible surgeon..ahhh....but ever since then...even with last major 360 one...I think it's a permanent issue now sad to say...and with the double level fusion..it puts so much pressure on the above and below discs...as well as pain from the scar tissue..and movement with all the metal and rods/screws in our neck just plain hurts:(
Isn't it strange when you can hear the titanium making that 'creaking' noise when it's quiet??? Freaky!! LOL
I just went through a few weeks with lower back pain...I think I had been neglecting my core strengthening, posture, and bending wrong...so have been using heat/ice...anti inflammatory meds...to get the flare to go away..
I think when there are any issues with our spine..it can cause other areas to go out of alignment ...and cause pain and bulging discs...as well as over 90% of the population ends up with DDD in their lifetime...so it's not surprising that so many of us have bad necks/backs..
I do find that either a steroid shot or round of oral steroid meds help when I get a really bad inflammation and extra pain...the downside is the loss of sleep with those and can only be used a few times a year safely...but to me..it's worth it...along with my pain medicine...PT...yoga...cognitive therapy..and screaming into a pillow when needed!!! I can get back to my usual 5-6 on the pain scale...
Sometimes...even after all these years...I think..really???? this is the way it is??? Ok God...good one...I'm sorry for taking that pen from the office years ago...jokes over...back to the way it was please...
It just plain stinks at times!!
I do hope your shots will help you..
Again...I'm sad that I have to meet all of you under these circumstances...but so glad to have others who understand..to cheer eachother in the good days...and shoulder to lean on in the bad..
SB and "the pup who snores loudly"
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha"))
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Dec 2006
PM since 2006