Hello, I’m reaching out because I’m desperately in need of a solution to my neck pain.
About 4 years ago I was training for a triathlon and in the middle of a long swim I felt my upper trapezius and lower neck strain all at once.
Since then I’ve tried everything from chiropractic, massage, physical therapy, injections, epidural, and eventually an MRI revealed a profusion at C7-T1.
I eventually had an ACDF and I’m not as bad as I was but I’m still in chronic pain.
There’s a slight protrusion at C6-C7 but it doesn’t look like enough that another fusion would be justified. I’m a 31 year old man…
I just had a doctor (not a surgeon) say that the pain is mental and my brain has worked itself to send pain signals and that I should basically keep rehabbing and that surgery doesn’t help with pain, and that I may deal with this for life…
My question is, does this sound normal? Have people recovered from this type of thing & how?
Is there hope for me?
Should I see another surgeon?
No doctor is seeing any massive problem in X-Ray or MRI other than a small bulge at C6- C7…
I’m just completely exhausted from this pain and need a solution.
Pain is not “mental” (typically) but a peripheral nerve signal triggered due to tissue damage. The pain is dependent upon the structure damaged. Your pain could be generated by the C6-7 disc or even from a pseudoarthrosis (lack of fusion) at C7-T1. A set of flexion/extension X-rays or even better, a CT scan would be helpful to differentiate those two. Facet degeneration, commonly unrecognized can also cause this pain.