Boy do I know what you are going through. I have a pin that was put in C5/6 five yrs. ago. Since then the hardware has worked loose & lodged in a mscle. Pain caused me to stop working. Then is stopped me from tending to my own basic needs. I have been in bed crying in pain for 3 years. I have also had 3 back surgerys. I have recently been approved for SS. I hope to be in OR by end of summer. 3 dr's have told me the pain will not go away, too much nerve damage for too long. I too would love to chat with you. My family is so supportive but they don't share the pain!