I had anterior cervical discetomy and fusion with allograft bone plate and screws on December 18th.(my third spine surgery in four years)I know it has only been two weeks but the pain is horrible still. I still have numbness and pain down my arms, shoulders and middle back. In 2005 I had a discetomy only in my lower back, last year I had spinal fusion, cage, screws,I was told this surgery wasn't nearly as bad as that one. I am miserable.
My husband got worried and called my surgeon last week, with the holiday no one was in the office. My surgeon did call back within minutes, he is wonderful. He doesn't understand why my pain meds were lowered and had me double up until he can get me something tomorrow. He did say this is normal but if I am no better he wants to see me.
Is this normal? My lower back has been horrible too. Since this surgery two weeks ago, it feels as as it did before my surgery a last year.
I'm getting so upset with all the pain, I feel like this is it, this is my life from now on. There is no explanation as to why any of my injuries happened, I have never been in an accident, my back kind of just went one day and never has been the same. My surgeon doesn't understand it and always says he only sees this in accident victims. Same with my neck, just all of a sudden my arms started hurting, then my neck. At first I was told my pocketbook was too heavy, I insisted on seeing my doctor who sent me back to my surgeon, he is the one who of course told me what was going on. Same thing happened before my second back surgery, that time I was told it was scar tissue from my first surgery, when I went to my surgeon my disc was ruptured (again) and my spine was collapsing.
So now I trust no one except my surgeon.
I just need to hear that maybe my pain from my last surgery is normal, I'm going insane. Sorry for this being so long, I just needed to vent. No one who hasn't had these surgeries just does not understand. I am in pain every second of every day.