I wanted to ask if there were others that have experienced the Adjacent Disc Disease problem quickly after their fusion surgery. I had an ACDF C5/6 in June this year, then an ACDF C4-6 just 3 weeks ago. Just this week, my pain has cropped back up to an 8 in the right shoulder, scapula, and down the arm. With the first surgery, my right arm tingled down to the fingers and I had scapula/shoulder blade burning pain. Then, after that surgery at 6 weeks, my left arm started hurting like a huge toothache, never stopped. Had another MRI, CT/Myelogram to show that C4/5 was herniated which led to the ACDF covering C4 thru C6. The tests also showed my C6/7 was severely degenerated and severe loss of disc height. It looked like it was bone on bone. The surgeon said he didn't want to touch the C6/7 and it would self fuse soon and cause no problems.
Now, my right side of neck and shoulder and blade is killing me. I can't turn to the right. I haven't done anything other than ride in the car 3 or 4 times, once was on a bumpy road. I've walked around and done cooking and laundry. So, what could be going on now? I'm just at the end of my rope and to not help a thing, I'd decided to go off of pain meds last week and have been taking tramadol only with muscle relaxers and my GP upped my gabapentin from 600mg to 1800mg, so I've been foggy too, just wish it was helping the pain. This morning it's even worse and I'm scared that another disc has blown or something else is pressing on my right nerve roots. I have another week and a half before I go back to the surgeon. I guess I'll make a quicker appt. if this keeps up. ARGH!
Has anyone else had so quick of a failure with their ACDFs???? I have DDD, osteoarthritis/DDJD. I'm beginning to think my whole spine is made of playdoh and straw.