Hello there I am Shannon. I have been dealing with pain for almost 11 years July 4th 2006 is my date of injury for work comp I took a fun waitressing job to make money being a single mom. They made us use large trays instead of stacking plates on our arms. I told them several times the trays hurt me but I was even written up several times for not using it one day I had the tray on my shoulder using my neck to balance it and I felt a pop in my neck. My arm went numb and down the food went. They sent me home cuz I couldn't feel my arm or hand and my neck was killing me.
The next day the pain kicked in so bad I called them and they sent me to their work comp dr who splinted my hand. Once she did that, the other hand went numb too. I kept telling them it was my neck but it took a year for them to MRI my neck and found my disk had blown out they opted for a anterior fusion at c5-6. He told me that having the plate in there could "possibly " cause pressure on the other disks above and below, 5-10 years from surgery. They didn't offer me a disk replacement which my ex wife had and she never had another problem.
I started with Vicodin, then norco , then the fentanyl patches. I was up to 100 meg with 8 Norco a day and 6 months after surgery the numbness and pain came back. It was worse, I again told them it was my neck. But they opted for the simple dual carpal tunnel surgeries at the same time.
It took 2&1/2 years to get another MRI and neurosurgeon consult. By that time the disk below the fusion had dissolved or disappeared and the bones were fusing themselves together. The nerves and muscles were pinched between the bones so he did the more invasive carpal tunnel surgery one at a time.
He then went in through the back of my neck and did a (I'm gonna butcher this) lamenectomy and foramatomy where they burn and cut away the nerves and muscles. I had some relief by this time I stopped the patch and switched to 8-10 Percocet a day. Then the pain came back and I had to wait another year for an MRI.
Now the disk above the fusion is 90% out and my nerves and muscles are pinched again. They say here is no surgical options for me because I had the fusion work. Comp won't approve therapy, massage, acupuncture or injections. I'm on social security disability at 45. Medicare pays for my meds cuz work comp won't. They won't settle my lifetime medical but they won't treat me. So now I have 3 level fusion.
I can't drive too long or stand or sit. I spend most of my time in bed, depressed and the anxiety over the pain is awful. I am currently taking Opana 20mg ER in the morning and 30 mg ER at night and I can have 2 of the 10 mg regular acting ones 3 times a day. But it's still not working. People have mentioned the pump but idk ive only been on this regiment 3 months. And it isn't enough, still I searched opana and most people start at a dose of 40-80 mg. And he started me at 10 so I see him next week and am going to ask about
a few options. I will keep a pain journal next month to see when it hits the worst. Does anyone know of someone having a pump after 3 level cervical fusion any advise. I'm so tired of pain and mess running my life and not living thanks for listening..... Shannon
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