I'm now at the end of a long journey, in 2004 I discovered that my slight pain in the neck was actually a fusion of C5/C6 vertebra. After several scans and X-Rays it was decided that it was a congenital fusion and it's degenerative. I've been to the top neurosurgeon in Perth and he told me that there was nothing surgical that they could do to fix it. I've also been to the top pain specialist and I've maxed out my options for medication, (I'm also Bi-Polar and the pain meds mess with my phsyc meds). I also had a work injury in 2011 that slipped a disk in my back, my spine is cactus at both ends.
After seeing the specialists and getting the news that there was nothing that they could do I slipped into a terrible depression, being Di-Polar I'm used to depression but this was different. Over the past 3 years since I had to stop working I've gone through all the stages of grief and have arrived at acceptance. It hasn't been an easy journey and its not over, I'm in pain every moment of every day.
I guess I'm on this forum to say "Yes I'm in Pain BUT I'm not Dead YET"
My life is different now, I work in 15 minute blocks with a 10 minute break, just to get through a day. I have other coping mechanisms such as Meditation and an Anti-Pain focus,(I mentally push the pain out of my body using advanced meditation techniques).
Well that is a very brief overview of where i'm at. I hope on this forum I can not only get help but I hope my story can help others. The light at the end of the tunnel may not be bright but its there.