I am now about 5 1/2 months post op acdf c 5/6. I have complained all along about not getting better but worse. My surgeon transferred my care to another Dr. I thought he was a PM but is not.-( He is the one that originally referred me to the surgeon with concerns of the c 3/4 disc after reading the MRI & doing the nerve tests.)- The surgeon told me that he did not know why I am only feeling worse as he fixed my neck.
I saw my new Dr. He is very concerned as the 3/4 disc is what he believes still causing my problems. He said that he will refer me to 2 surgeons to see what they have to say. In the meantime he will do an epidural injection to my neck. Now when I first saw him in May 2008 he didn't think that an injection would help at all giving the length of time with the symptoms getting worse, about 2 1/2 years before I saught help.
I do not know much at all about these injections. He told me side effects & so on but I really do not remember. The onkly thing that sticks out in my mind is a migrane. I am looking for some insight, please. Does this shot hurt? He told me that I will have to go home & rest. But what about the following day? Will I be able to go to work? I work in a very busy & hectic Optometrist office. I am the only one there except for the Dr. Will I need to have his asst. in his other office work for me the following day? Or days? :?
I am so wanting this to end. I feel so mislead & hurt by my surgeon. Is this shot worth it? Are there any good experiences with it?
Sorry for the long ramble. It seems like I always do.
Thank you all for all of your advice & kind words!