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Backie, Now Neckie

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:36 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hello everyone.

I had my PLIF done in my lumbar area in May and it is fused completely! Now, a new set of problems. Somewhere in my cervical area there is a kink. The doctor could not see anything on the xray, other than to say I have localized kyphosis b/t C5-C6. He gave me prednisone (which I hate) and some Tylenol 3's and said to see him in two weeks. I am a few days into the treatment and already, it is getting worse. My neck is killing me. If I turn my head suddenly, I get a sharp pain up into my skull and my left arm goes numb. I keep getting headaches and It feels like there is a knot in my neck around c3-c4. I have lumbar stenosis already. Does this sound maybe like a herniated disk? Or maybe Cervical Stenosis? The only thing I can think of is maybe a disk is herniated to the side? Anyways, If anyone else is having symptoms like this, please let me know what treatment you are receiving. Thanks!


  • I had those symptoms before my ACDF in June 2009. I had a headache everyday for 2 1/2 years until my surgery. The numbness in the arm and the tightness in the neck area. I had a ruptured disc at C5-C6. They tried conservative measures before finally doing the surgery. Had I not had problems with WC I would have had the surgery sooner because the pain and the headaches were awful. Do what the doctor says and I hope you feel better.
  • I am also both.

    I have c5/6/7 issues. My headaches are pretty relentless. Muscle spasms, arm/hand/should pain, tingling and numbness (at times).

    My NS said this will be a cake walk compared to the PLIF (I hope he's not filling me with BS).

  • Welcome to the "Northern Hemisphere” Kaz. Sounds like an MRI is in your future. Sorry for your pain, but I think you may be right about pressure from one problem or the other on your nerves. No telling without pictures, EMGs and stuff like that.
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