I had surgery last summer due to severely compressed spinal cord canal. It was only 5 mm and my NS said normal is like 15 mm. My symptoms were numbness/tingling down both arms when I coughed. Nerve pain in arms/hands felt like guitar strings being pulled extremely tight.
My NS didn't prescribe any PT post-surgery. Just said to walk 30 minutes a day. Did that most of the time. But beginning in December, which was 6 mos post-op, I began having widespread achiness in shoulders and neck. In January, pain got worse, including major tension headaches in back of head from ear to ear. Now if I am on my feet for more than a half hour, I have to go sit and rest my neck on a heating pad. I also have numbness and tingling in hands and feet after activity.
I have an appt with NS on Mon, 2/22, and will have X-rays. What should I ask him for? PT, pain pills, nerve tests?
For a while in December I was taking tylenol/aleve/advil on a daily basis, but in reading up on this I know this isn't healthy for kidneys. I had a major kidney infection in January and so I don't take anything now...I just deal with the pain.
Any help would be much appreciated.