I am almost 6 weeks post ACDF C5 - C7 with Allograft, BMG, plates and screws, and am disappointed because at 4 weeks my daily headaches, and right neck pain have returned... sometimes wakes me up at 4am! My left hand still remains with on odd sensation on the palm surface, and seems weaker. My left bicep burns and generally is weaker with use of over 5 minutes (like drying my hair).
On top of it all, my right sacroillac pain and right siatic pain have returned about the same time - and that is status post nerve block done in september.
I saw my surgeon at about the time this was starting and he had graduated me to a soft collar to be worn for another 6 weeks. He is putting in a referral for left hand occupational therapy and low back physical therapy - but does not want me doing anything with the upper body yet.
I am surviving on Vicoden 7.5 every 4 hours when awake, and Robaxin 750mg here and there - but that gives me nightmares even though it helps me sleep. My surgeon wants me to start on Neurotin.... Have any of you tried this for these types of pains??? Did it work? I already take Topomax 50m g twice a day prophalatic for migraines which I have taken for years (this is also used in some people for siezures or other nerve problems.. so I am already taking a nerve drug technically). I feel it is a waste to start another nerve medication.
I still sleep in a recliner because if I sleep in the bed the pain is 20/10 on waking... especially the head/neck.
I am supposed to go back to work 3-1-10... What do you think??? Maybe it is the collar that is making me hurt so much?? Maybe it is the nerves that have some permanet damage and/or some that are regenerating?
Love to hear your thoughts from you neckies and spineys out there.