Boy I cam empathize with the arm pain! Nothing makes it go away, and I would be really weary about seeing anyone who does spinal or neck manipulations as I was nearly paralyzed from having that done! For me the surgery took away the arm pain just about immediately! I have had three fusions done in my neck two in the last 18 months! and one back in 1985! two of the fusions they did an ACDF Anterior Cervical Diskectomy and Fusion ( they removed the herniated disk and replaced it with bone graft material which fused the vertebra above and below where the bad disk was together!) In March 1985 they fused C-6/7 together then in September of 2009 they fused C-5/6 together. This past November ( last year 2010) they did a posterior fusion of the articular joints at ( C-3/4) This was definitely the worst of all of them! and the recovery time is much more difficult and allot longer! The ACDF is literally a piece of cake, your only in the hospital a couple of days, and you have to wear a soft cervical collar for a few weeks! For me it took away my arm pain just about immediately, and it was well worth having it done. When you come out of surgery they have you on pain meds, usually a PCA pump, make sure that you tell your doctor and nurse if your still having pain, DO NOT play the tough guy/girl and try and grin and bare the pain, it will only set you back in the long run! Anyway if I can be of any help to you just let me know, you can also E-mail me by using the envelope on the side under my name. if you do not want to post! Make no mistake this is a serious surgery, but as my surgeon told me of all the different areas of the spine, the anterior cervical disk fusion was one of the easiest, because of the ease of access for the surgeon! Anyway see your surgeon and see what he says! I along with all the rest of us here on this forum are here for you!
I wish you well and Good Luck to You!
P.S. Where are my manners, I just about forgot!!! Welcome to the Healing Well Chronic Pain Forum, You are now not alone with your pain! You have family here that know what you are going through and although we can not fix you we can lend you our ears, and listen and give you our support and what advice we may have. So when you are in pain and or frustrated, come here and share your burden with us, maybe just maybe it will lighten your load, and make things just a bit easier for you!
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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!