BarbF, thanks for your kind words and support. It's good to have a place to commiserate with like minded CPers!
Jag, I had a C5/C6, C6/C7 fusion done in July 2011. It helped for three months then the pain increased in both time and intensity. The numbness was initially just in my middle fingers to my pinky fingers, but now my entire hands are numb and it doesn't matter what I am doing. I often wake up with my hands numb! It doesn't matter what position I sleep in either!
I had a CT Scan with/without dye of my neck last week. I have a follow up appt. with my PM doctor this Friday and will find out the results. I don't want to go through another neck fusion. I still have trouble swallowing and I find I choke more easily and for no good reason. My Orthopedic Surgeon had talked about doing a three level fusion, but the test results from a discogram study were not conclusive enough. I wish they had just done it then and maybe I wouldn't be suffering like I am?
On that note, I'm preparing myself for a future operation on my lumbar. Once I win my Worker's Comp. case I will move forward with a four level fusion of my lumbar. I'm not responding to alternative treatments and it's become more and more difficult to walk. The flare ups are also increasing and the constant pain from my neck down my back, arms and left leg have drained the life out of me. I've spoken to several people who had a four level fusion and they have improved... That said, it seems I am Murphy's Law. It gets so hard t remain positive with all the pain. Thanks again for taking time to sow our support. I hope you both are feeling less pain and are able to return to "normal".