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Tinytot
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   Posted 3/30/2017 7:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I am new to this site and have read a lot of posts sounding similar to my symptoms. I had a cervical fusion of c5-6-7 in July 2016 after years of neck and back issues. I always had neck pain and numbness and weakness in my left arm. I was dropping things and would get pins and needles in my hand on and off. After surgery my symptoms in my arm never resolved. My surgeon sent me for nerve studies because he felt my symptoms were coming from the ulnar nerve. The study did show compression and cubital tunnel syndrome and I was told I needed another surgery. I had anterior transposition of the ulnar nerve on Dec 16 2016. I have not been the same since. The pain in my elbow area is excruciating constantly. The burning stabbing spasms are horrendous. I cannot touch my skin in the elbow area nor can I have any pressure to the area including clothing. I'm taking 900 mg neurontin for nerve pain, soma for spasms as needed, aleeve twice a day, vit c, vit d and Percocet as needed tid. I've been on these meds for months since my neck problems actually. My pm doctor was going to try pt but does not feel it will be helpful to me at this point because of the severity of tactile pain. He encouraged using my arm and doing exercises with it at home as much as possible. I don't know what do do at this point. He mentioned the possibility of this being complex regional pain syndrome but he's not definite at this point.

straydog
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   Posted 3/31/2017 6:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Tinytot & welcome to Healing Well. I know you had surgery in December, however, you really have not had time to completely heal for a lot of your symptoms to go away. We see people come through here that has had this surgery & it is a lengthy recovery. Probably not what you wanted to hear I am sure. When you have surgery involving a nerve such as yours the nerve has to heal on their own. There is no real time frame for the healing either. You can use our search feature located at the top & type in your surgery & you will be able to pull up older threads about this surgery. There is plenty there to read. We do ask that you not post on those threads as most likely the member is no longer active here at Healing Well.

Keep us posted on how you are doing. Take care.
Susie
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Tinytot
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   Posted 3/31/2017 5:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Susie, I appreciate your response. I know it's early in my recovery especially after two major surgeries within five months. I guess I am looking for some opinions from others who've been through similar situations. I feel like my arm should be getting better but it seems to be getting worse..

straydog
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   Posted 3/31/2017 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Tinytot, I forgot to mention that you are not on a very high dose of Gabapentin, you do have room for increases. You may want to talk to your dr about this.
Susie
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Tinytot
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   Posted 4/2/2017 5:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I was just increased to that dose with the plan to increase it again if I tolerate it. I have been on a higher dose in the past but was unable to tolerate it. I'm hoping this time will be better..
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