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During 2011 I started to develop pain in my neck and shoulder. 

Over a period of months it increased in intensity and I developed pins and needles running down my left arm, through to the end of my fingers. 
This could come on for no apparent reason, and could be triggered by everyday actions such as clearing the dining table or driving. 
Sometimes the pain became so incapacitating that I needed to lie on the floor, as I thought I would pass out.
After an assessment by a friendly Osteopath I was referred to Dan Fagan at BMI Woodlands Hospital, Darlington. 

Following an MRI scan it was clear my nerve endings had become crushed between C5 and C6. 

I was initially surprised that I would need surgery, especially when Dan explained the unlikely but potential risks involved. 

Being a Registered Nurse I'm aware that there are risks associated with any type of surgery but in the end I was faced with a simple question: 

Did I want to spend the rest of my life in pain? 

In reality I knew it was sensible to go ahead with the operation.
I walked down to the operating theatre first thing on 10 January 2013 and was back on the ward by 11 AM. 

To my surprise, I did not need to wear a neck collar, and was discharged home from hospital the following morning on the 11th. 

12 weeks on my recovery continues with physiotherapy exercises and I am now back to work.

In terms of outcomes I am very happy that I am no longer in pain.
Occasionally I get a slight sensation of numbness which is part of the healing process. 

Sometimes you don't realise how much being in pain impacts on your life: 

In retrospect I had noticed that I had stopped playing pool and hugging my family and friends due to pain before the operation.

I am now pleased to be able to do these things again!
These are only two small examples, but nevertheless they demonstrate it was worth it. 

Thanks to Dan and his team!

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