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Acute pain and lump 3 years after fusion, can the metal move?

Accute Pain in area C6 C7 T1 T2 with lump  after 3rd infusion. Could it be chronic pain intensity or metal shift? I'm also concerned that screws may have come loose. Surgeon that performed last surgery retired. I think i need another myelogram to see what's going on. Also, on Gabapentin, is there another neupathic drug for nerve pain other that Lyrica that is effective?
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Sorry to hear about this.  I think increasing pain like this requires follow up and if your doc retired, yes, you have to find a new orthopedist.  That's always daunting because you feel like they want to start over but hopefully that isn't the case for you and you can get some continuity in your care.  Sounds like Chin is recommending imaging which sounds right to me. You feel pain, you need to see what is going on in there.  is the Gaba not working?  And you don't want to try Lyrica or is there a reason for that question?  
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In the setting of prior cervical spine surgery, with new or increasing nontraumatic cervical or neck pain or radiculopathy, initial imaging with radiographs and/or CT cervical spine without contrast is usually appropriate.

Source: https://acsearch.acr.org/docs/69426/Narrative/
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