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When do you ask for more testing when you really think something is wrong after ACDF 2 level??? Surg
Some of you may already kind of know what is going on but incase you do not I will refresh.
Before my ACDF surgery of C 4-5 and C 5-6 whcih was mainly because of discogenic pain. There was no cord compreesion. I had burning pain in the left side of my neck and pinching constantly. I had arm weakness on the left side and severe spasms where my head would go tilted to the right and none of my home medications were enough to help the problem, i would wind up in the ER. I also had, and still have burning under the left scapular area right ot the very base near T spine. the right side of my neck would bun and pinch same as left but very intermittently.
Since my surgery on 9-3 of this year all my pain on the left side of my neck...the burning and the pinching and the arm weakness has gone away.
I still have the burning near the bottom of the scapular
The right side of my neck now since surgery has had burning and pinching that is exactly like the left side had been pre operatively.
I also had a Posterior cervicle foraminotomy on Jan 8, 2008 on C 3-4 and 4-5.
I have a positive discogram that showed pain coming from all four levels. The most from C 4--5 C 5-6 which were the discs that were deicided to be fused.
The above and below diskcs have milder bulges, not as severe as the C 4-5 and 5-6. Alll discs C 3-7 have annular tearing and fissureing along wit the bulges.
I am now I think like 6 1/2 - 7 weeks post off and was transitioned to a soft collar and given my driving privealages back but I only drive if it is a necessaty. I have only driven 3 times because it causes to much pain.
My questione??????? is when do I say I want and MRI or what eever to make sure everything is okay??
The reason I ask is becasue the pain I am having is exactly the same as the other side was before surgery. The right side now hurts me constantly which it did not prior to surgery.
I will not see my surgeon until Nov 25th. i have not started to do PT yet.
Upon the last x-ray there was visable fusion taking place but I do not think it was much.
I have constant spasms and the right sided neck pain is the kind of pain you have when you know something is going on in there.
How can I get the doc to hear me without thinking I am some freak! I wish they would just do some sort of a test to make sure and set my mind at ease rather then tell me it is all normal.
Doctors for many injuries I have had have told me things were just fine and I had to persistenly complain for ever to finally have them take me seriously enough to look further into my symptoms/complaints.
I am afraid, and confused. I don't want to drive unless it is necessary. I am only walking a mile a day because of the pain. If I have to shower it causes me serious pain for the rest of the day because I have long hair and I need to blow dry because it will be frizzy if I do not...total chick thing-
Please someone help me to understand this better if you can...help me to get throug this time until the next appointment. I do not want to tell my friends and parents anymore becsue it worries them and my friends just do not get it nor do I expect them too.
So I guess I just wait untill I see the surgeon again becasue I have called before only to get the words about how this is all normal etc....
Any help support or suggestion would help
My good friend asked me a lot of questions that got me wondering if this is something that is underlyingly causeing me to have fear based behaviors with out really realizing it could be at the core of things going on with me...so I am asking for opinions and help to figure it out or at the least to put it out there that I need support it the waiting and not understnding things...
Thanks for reading