Re: back and neck
First of all I have to disagree that neck/cervical surgery doesn't relieve the pain.
I have been thru 5 major surgeries between the lumbar and cervical regions. the most difficult surgery I went thru was on the cervical region for Kyphosis which required a 2 stage surgery. The first part was putting Harrington Rods in the cervical/thoracic region and the second stage was a bone graft going thru the anterior position. It was a total of 12 hours for the surgery then wearing a neck collar for 4 plus months. While recovery was extremely difficult in the end it was worth it.
Plus prior to that I had cervical stenosis which required a decompression. I was fine after the surgery, no pain and back to my normal routines.
So with all the surgeries that I have thru it resolved the issues and I was functional again.
The problem in my case at least is that while each of the surgeries were successfu in dealing with the problem, taking the pain away and getting me back to work, is that a "NEW" problem would crop up. The new issues were not related to the old problems.
Guess I am prone to spine issues.
As to the injections I find them ineffective. I went thru shots several times. The first one would give me a very short period of relieve. The second one was ineffective in that there was no relief at all. didnt even bother with the 3rd one since the first one was so short lived in being effective.
If you only had 2 weeks of relief is a 3rd one really going to be helpful?
I assume youve tried the physical therapy route.
All I can recommend is if all conservative treatment has been tried and not successful then surgery may be your only option. But surgery should be the last choice.
One recommendation is that make sure you see a qualified orthopedic or neurosurgeon. A doctor that is trained and treats spine issues on a daily basis. Also I tend to prefer someone that is affiliated with a major teaching hospital. Thats just my opinion but I found out the hard way of finding the best doctors possible to treat you especially with surgery..
Good luck in whatever you decide.