After a year of non-surgical treatment such as massage,PT, trigger point injections,and chiropractic care I had an MRI. They found two ruptured discs and one bulging.I had an anterior cervical fusion at 4/5 & 5/6. I wore a hard collar for 2 1/2 months and did six weeks of PT. It's been six months and I feel worse than before surgery. My original complaint was shoulder and arm pain with numbness in my arm and first three fingers.Now in addition to that I have terrible neck pain. The surgeon said my fusion looks good and I should be feeling better.I am having an EMG next week and possibly steroid injections.I feel like I'm taking a step backward.I am not crazy!!!! I know my pain is real.I do nails for a living and am afraid I will not be able to sit in that position for ten hours a day. Not to mention the vigorous arm movement. Is there anyone else that feels like they had a failed surgery even though they say the pictures look good?
I want my life back.