Hi everyone, my name is Julie and I'm new here. I found this site by accident and was amazed last night reading some of the stories as I can so relate to them. I am very excited to be able to have others like me to share my experiences with and who can share theirs with me as nobody else really understands.
I had surgery April 2, 2008. I had a fusion of C-4 through C-6, with plates, screws, the whole nine yards. I still have a buldging disc C-7, which my dr. chose to leave be for now so as to not limit my mobility too much. The first year after the surgery I seemed to get better and better and was so happy and convinced that the surgery was a complete success. All my numbness, tingling, electric shock sensations, ect...gone. While I still had limitations (not being able to look up and down for periods of time and a decrease in my range of motion), I for the most part was pain free.
About 6 months ago I started having issues again. I thought it was because I was trusting my new neck a little more and maybe just over doing it. But I was told I would be completely healed after a year, so I doubted that after awhile. At first my major problems were with the weather, rain being the absolute worse, followed by cold. I used to love a good rain shower but absolutely cringe at the thought of rain now. I am in so much pain when it rains it's ridiculous. Also, if I over did it I would be in pain, such as lifting too much or doing any kind of physical activity for a long period of time.
Now it seems like things are getting worse where some days I'm in pain for no apparant reason at all, like how my conditon started before the surgery. I have also noticed a little bit of tingling coming back (although I haven't told anybody this). I am back to having to take vicodin again quite regulary, where an advil liquid gel here and there when it rained was all I was taking for so long. I last seen my surgeon in May and he said I didn't have to come back for a year unless I was having problems. I haven't gone back and told him I am having issues yet. One reason being I was hoping it was just a fluke and the problems would go away, and now I guess I'm wondering what more can he do for me anyways? I've already had the surgery.
I'm really starting to get depressed over this and scared to death that my life before the surgery of being in constant pain and not being able to anything is once again knocking at my door. I am only 43 and can not imagine having to deal with this for the rest of my life. I thought the surgery was the answer to my prayers and I was so happy for the first year. I am so scared and upset about what is happening now. I also don't talk about it with too many people because I feel like I'm complaining all the time. I also don't want my work to know how bad things are getting again as I'm afraid of losing my job.
As I said earlier, I'm really looking forward to talking to those of you who understand where I'm coming from. Has anyone elese had the same issues post surgery? Please let me know.