Pain after Cervical Second cervical Fusion

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enjoygolf
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   Posted 6/6/2012 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Checking to see if anyone has had the same problem I am having. In 2006 I had C6-7 cervical fusion with plate and donor bone. No pain after surgery has been great. Feb 2012 pain in left arm, neck pain and numbness in left hand. MRI showed herniated disc between C-5-6 with bone spurs. Had series of epidurals with no improvement. April 2012 had surgery that removed Plate from previous surgery and used PEEK cage with anchor and no plate. It's been over 6 weeks and the Pain in my right arm along with numbness in right hand has returned that went away when I had the first surgery. Pain in left arm is better than before second surgery. Neck pain has returned also. At 4 week check neurosurgeon said there was a lot of scar tissue and it would take a while to get better. It's been over 6 weeks now and the pain is not getting any better may be getting worse. Has anybody had this experience and will it get better with time? Thanks for your help.

straydog
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   Posted 6/6/2012 2:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Enjoygolf, sounds to me like you need to give yourself more time to heal. Things may look good on the outside but you still have a lot healing to do on the inside. Not only that but it sounds like there is a nerve that could be inflammed and time will have to take care of that. Its hard to be patient sometimes after surgery but I am guessing everything is all jacked up & inflammed from the actual surgery and time will hopefully take care of it. You endured a pretty traumatic surgery and your body is responding accordingly.

Take care....Susie
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White Beard
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   Posted 6/6/2012 11:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Enjoygolf, you kind of sound like me but I got 25 years before the disk above went bad!  I had a ACDF Anterior Cervical Diskectomy and Fusion done at C6/7 in 1985 back then they took the bone from my pelvis and I had no hardware  or anything else. Just the graft bone from my pelvis to fuse the area where the disk had been. In 2009 I started having severe arm pain again, much like what I had in 85, the disk at C5/6 went bad, and I had to have another ACDF done this time For the most part my arm pain was gone right away! I did not have the problems that I had with the first fusion in 85 as I lost my voice for 3 or 4 months and had swallowing difficulities. But the second time  around did take some time to heal and get back to normal. I even had Physical Therapy to help things along.
 
It sounds like it might be a bit early for you  so be patient and make sure you follow your doctors orders to the tee!  You know everyone is so different, and also the way they react to things! Even surgeries and what was easy the first time might be allot more difficult the second. I will tell you though if your pain persist, and your surgeon does not seem to be satisfying you, then by all means go for a second oppinion. Some times surgeons will think they have fix you and that is that! and they will not go back and check to see if something is still wrong! So do be aware of that, and remember you are your own best advocate!  Doctors cannot feel what your feeling, and thus you need to be persistent!
 
  I wish you well and please keep us posted on how you are doing!
 
White Beard
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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!

enjoygolf
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   Posted 6/9/2012 8:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your responses. This is a great support group. I need to give it more time. I'm ready to get back on the golf course. White Beard, I see you have UC. I do also since age 17. Hope all is well.

tmjpain
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   Posted 6/9/2012 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hopefully more time is the answer for you. Hope you get to feeling better soon. Take it easy on your body and be kind to you.

Suzane

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   Posted 6/10/2012 3:52 PM (GMT -6)   
enjygolf, Yes I have UC, I was diagnosed with it just a year or so before I retired from the military, fall of 1990. I am extremely lucky as I have had only a few major flare ups since being diagnosed! I take my sulfasalazine faithfully twice a day, and have done really well! My family has a history of colon cancer, my mother died of it just after she turned 62, so with having UC and my family history, I get a colonoscopy every year, and every year they take a few precancerous adenomas out. But as long as they get them early like that, I am in the clear. I do hate the flare ups though, as usuually they put me on 90mg of Prednisone a day for a while, and I hate the side affects of it! Although I must admit it really works well for me, and between that and a huge increase in the Sulfasalazine the UC flare is under control in a very short time! I feel I am very fortunate as compared to what allot of people go through with having UC
 
Please keep us informed on your progress and how you are doing with your recovery...........White Beard
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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!
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