I am a Newbie to this site. I have been viewing posts since my sugery I had 12/11/08. My sugery was ACDF with a plate and screws. I have been suffering with neck pain and burning down left arm along with numbness in hands when sleeping since April 2007. I have been off work since October 2007 due to the degree of pain I was in. I have been on different types of pain medication since then. I have been on Oxycontin 20mg every 12 hours and Hydromorhone 4mg every 4 hours for some time now. I am still presently taking this medication for pain after surgery.
During the last 7 weeks I been off and on with the degree of pain I am in (neck pain) pain in the arm is not as it was before surgery. I am still unable to do much of anything but lay on the couch. I have been suffering with really bad pain along side of neck opposite scar and back of lower head and neck. Pain medication does not seem to help. Almost went to the hospital due to the amount of pain I was in. I was unable to make the 30min drive to the hospital.
Called NS and have not received a call back yet. I was hoping that maybe this forum could help or give me some suggestions.
Is there anything I could do or take to help with this excruciating pain in my neck. When the pain flares up which is later in the afternoon till I go to bed is a level 10. I ice constantly and take my medications. And the pain level remains the same for some time. Is there a differnt type of pain medication I should take or musle relaxer that could help?
Has anyone had any side effects from taking pain medication? I have had bad face pimple rash on my face.
My doctor has not told me to go to PT yet. Is there anything that I could do when I am not in so much pain?
I am really lost on what to do with the degree of pain I am in. I have been getting really depressed about the whole thing, and the amount of pain I am in. It just seems like it is never going to end. Nothing seems to help, the pain medication never seems to take the pain away. I know thinking positive really helps. It is really hard some times when you have been suffering in pain for so long. As, you all know.
I would really appriecate anyones suggestions. And thank-you very much for your time. Collsparky