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On April 16th I underwent a double discectomy and spinal fusion involving C5-6 and C6-7. The symptoms up to the surgery were considerable pain and numbness from the left shoulder down to the thumb and index finger. Even Oxycodone didn't really dull the pain and surgery was not really "elective."
Shortly after the surgery I noted a new numbness, tingling and pain in both hands - not just one hand anymore - and involving the 4th and 5th finger on both hands, as well as the heel of both hands. The orthopedic surgeon told me that the surgery was fine but now I probably have carpal tunnel syndrome (that I didn't have before surgery.) He had me see an associate at his practice that did a EMG.
That test revealed that there is an issue with C7. It is not Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. One particular nerve measured at the elbow fires non-stop, "like the sound of an 800cc Harley..." The surgical site remains swollen, inflamed and painful.
I got a DVD with all of my x-rays and want to seek a third opinion. I understand that 1) stuff happens, and 2) malpractice requires negligence; breach of standard of care, etc. I don't have another $40k to spare. Considering the orthopedic surgeons dismissal of the symptoms I am concerned as to what I should do. I would hate to dampen a doctors career but it seems that he made matters worse and seems so casual about it. I cannot work much of the time and the neck pain continues along with the hands. My work requires office work, sitting, and use of a computer.
I am not sure what to do.