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  •  twigg, I had that exact same issue (7+ / 0-)

    that appeared in my neck about a dozen years ago.  

    One day, driving to work, I was struck by sudden awful pain. I actually thought it was a heart attack, because it ran down my left arm, but centered in my neck.

    I turned the car around and drove to my doctor's office, where they took one look at my cringing face, swept me into the room, gave me a powerful pain relief injection. No effect. Then a steroid injection which should have provided some relief.  No effect.

    A cervical laminectomy(widening out the opening through which the nerves leave the spinal column), a cervical fusionand a second fusion of another level by a better surgeon and a more advanced technique -- three different surgeons over 7 years -- and when I woke from the final surgery, I knew it was gone.

    I've since been told that my spine is full of arthritis and I'll likely have more problems in the future.

    My message is that the pain can be relieved - at least in my case - completely, through surgery.  At least in my case, relieving the pain on the nerves finally worked, but there was more than one place.

    The pain for those 7 years was utterly unbearable.  No drug could really touch it, even though some made me not care so much.  But yeah, I totally relate to the "take my head off" attitude, because I literally told them that:  "I don't care if you kill me, but make the pain stop."

    Best wishes to you and, especially to Mrs Twigg.  If you need any surgeon's names, I'm happy to help through PMs.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 10:24:10 PM PST

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