I had a 360 fusion & discectomy on 2-24-09. My fusion was from right below my shoulders clear to my tailbone.
I had a lot of complications while I was in the hospital, I was there for 3 weeks but the actual back surgery was not a problem. The last time I went to my surgeon for a followup appt. he took the xrays & my height and said it all looked fine & how was I? I told him my physical therapist wanted me to be sure and tell him that I had pain in both of my arms in exactly the same place. I said it nicely - and all of the sudden he threw his hands up and said, that would come from your neck, I never touched your neck - and left the room!!
My regular Dr. sees me for medications. But next week I have another appt. with the surgeon. Now when my back gets
over tired, when I over do - my neck freezes up. I do exercises and move my neck and shoulder around but I keep getting this painful frozen up neck.
I am sure the surgeon isn't going to want to hear this, but I have to tell him. My back surgery was so huge, it's not like I can just not go back! I am on social security disabilty from it, it was a complicated surgery - I had 2
severe curves from scoliosis.
I am a grown up person and I feel so nervous and actually kind of have a scared feeling imaging that I am going to tell him about this additional miserable problem that to me is serious plus my arms still hurt. I take pain medicine and a gel my Dr. gave me to rub on top of my arms - but my neck and arms........I don't think he is going to be interested. What would you do? What should I say? My insurance has paid out around $300,000.00 so far, I feel like I don't deserve to be ignored.
Should I ask him for a suggestion - should I ask if I need to see a doctor for my neck??? Any suggestions would be appreciated. thanks, Susan