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Posted By : Juliet4u - 9/13/2017 11:10 AM
I am postop 5 months for :
Cervical Laminectomyc3-c4, Cervical Laminoplasty c4,c5,c6,c7, and Foraminotomy c6-c7
I am still struggling with not only pain but the pre-op dysfunction. The pain is not as frustrating as my upper extremities working properly and have shooting pains throughout my entire right arm including shoulder, bicep, triceps, 2 points in my elbow, wrist, hand, and numb fingers. Everything is extremely aggravated when I try to go for a walk with sometimes ending in a such an excruciating headache that I have to wrap my head in ice for 1+ days. The ONLY thing that seems to have resolved from the pre-op state is I am no longer occasionally losing control of my bowels.
Anyone have any advice? I do heavy duty construction and my surgeon believes I can go back to that type of work at 54 years of age.

Posted By : straydog - 9/13/2017 1:49 PM
Hi Juliet4u & welcome to the forum. We have had lots of members here have cervical surgeries of various type & they have found the recovery to be a very long process. Usually the ones that returned to work early ended up with a lot of problems. It could be a good year, perhaps longer for you to completely recover.

You know your body better than anyone, including your surgeon. Do what you feel is right for you. Above all listen to your body. You had a lot of work done & the current issues that you are dealing with are rather alarming in my opinion. What does the dr say about this? Did you have all of these symptoms before surgery?

Is there a possibility of obtaining a copy of your job description from the HR dept where you work & give a copy to the surgeon? What about your PCP, this could well be a resource if the surgeon continues to stick his/her head in the sand. The problem with surgeons sometimes, is they take the attitude I fixed you & you should be fine, whether the patient is or not. Heavy construction work may not be in your future.

Take care.
Susie
Moderator in Chronic Pain & Psoriasis Forums

Posted By : Juliet4u - 9/14/2017 10:45 AM
Thank you, Susie for your quick reply! I did have all these symptoms pre-op since a work injury sustained last September. My surgeon also did state that he could give no guarantees as to any improvements postop. But he did say I would not be any worse than my pre-op state. The day after my surgery, they told me that my spinal cord was so severely bound up in the upper part of my c-spine(C3-4) that when they cut the back of my vertebrae out my spinal cord exploded out, hence no hardware installed at that level because it wouldn't allow my cord enough room to not continue to be impinged. Yesterday, my surgeon agreed to deem me "Occupationally Disabled" but I'm still in no condition to any type of work as my arms don't work properly. I also suffered a concussion with this injury which was not detected until 2 months post injury and the dizziness and headaches still exist 1 year later. Of course since I had an ACDF C5-6 prior to my injury, Work Comp Doc kicked me to the curb with no income claiming "pre-existing" injury.

Posted By : straydog - 9/14/2017 11:39 AM
Juliet4u, knowing now a more in depth description of the extent of your cervical problems, I highly doubt short of a miracle that you will ever be able to return to that type of employment. Since this is a work related situation I know how that works & it is not to the benefit of the injured worker. That was BS about pre-existing condition, there is such a thing as "aggravation to a pre-existing condition".

Here are my thoughts, go online to SSA.gov & read about applying for Social Security Disability. It can be a long process. There is something like a 80% chance of being denied right away, this is typical so do not take it personal. Then, get a lawyer immediately to handle the appeal process. They take them on a contingency basis, no money up front. SS looks at the person's age & education also, mainly to see of the person can be retrained to perform some type of work within their physical limitation. Then again, you may get the benefits.

If I am reading your post correctly, currently worker's comp is involved now? If you decide to file for SSD, be sure to keep copies of everything that is furnished to them, including a copy of all of their forms. Get a notebook to keep nothing but notes in plus your paperwork.

Take care.
Susie
Moderator in Chronic Pain & Psoriasis Forums

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