I am now 10 months post acdf c5/6.
I have never gotten relief since the surgery, well yes some of the numbness & tingling in my fingers is gone until I sleep then it's back.
My surgeon dismissed me & left the state in Dec. I have been seeing the Dr. that first did the EMG testing & referred me to the surgeon for my c3/4 disc. I'm not sure what his offical title is but he has been handling my pain meds.
Now he wants to take me off opoids. He said to get a new baseline of my pain. Once I am totally off of the opoids my pain level will be where I am today. Then possibly send to a pain magement specialist. I was on oxycontin 15mg. 2xper day & oxycodone 5/325 2 every 4to 6 hours. Now I am no longer on the oxycontin at all & he wants me to take just 1 oxycodone max 4 per day. He aso gave me flexiril 1 or 2 every 8 hours. Celebrex that I am not going to take as I have a faulty heart valve & what I have read I just do not want to take any chances.He is ok with this. I can not take ibuprofin as it wreaks havic on my stomach. Cymbalta has not been filled as the pharmacy is waiting for approval from my insurance. He did give me a week sample. I also have something for withdrawls if needed. So far I have only noticed a chili feeling.
I am unable to function on this schedule. I have to take 2 oxycodone every 5 hours, just to get through my day at work. So I am taking just 5, sometimes 6 on my work days. I stick to the 4 on my days off & spend the day in bed or on my recliner with my heating pad in agony.
I know this is a long post. I do apologize. I just want to hear what others may think.
I have gone through numerous p/t and accupunture,1 ESI. I have done all that I have been prescribed to do & no relief.
I did see a different N/S whom he referred me to. He only told me that I am not a surgery candidate now unless my symptoms worsen. Diagnosed me with failed surgery, meaning that I am worse than before the surgery.
I can not live like this. My employer is getting very frustrated with me. That is why I have to bump up my meds when I work because I had to miss so much. Not working is not an option for me. I am far behind financially as it is because of all the medical bills.
Okay I am rambling. I'm just looking for some words of wisdom. Any & all will be greatly appreciated.