I had C5/C6 fusion with a synthetic disc placed in between the 2 vertebrates, one week ago. 2 days ago I was given an Orthofix Cervical Bone Growth Stimulator. After the past 2 days of wearing it for 4 hours a day, my neck pain has increased. Before surgery, I was loosing feeling in both arms, and when I woke up I immediately felt the difference. Now since wearing the stimulator, I am have intense neck bone pain. It isn't muscle pain, it is just in my neck where the discs were fused. The pain is so intense that it is waking me up in the middle of the night, pain meds & muscle relaxers aren't relieving the discomfort. I am wearing a brace, and put the stimulator over it. Has anyone else had these symptoms? I go back to the Neurosurgeon on Monday, and hopefully he will have some answers. Has anyone else experienced this same problem. I'm about to stop wearing it for 4 hours a day, but I don't want to inhibit my healing. Any advice, comments or personal experience would be appreciated.
I have been in 12 Car Accidents, fell down a flight of stairs and had to put off the surgery for 8 years due to having 2 children. Also, DX with Fibromyalagia, Epstein Barr Virus, Disc Degenerative Disease. My main complaint was back pain until I went to the NS and he said that my C5/C6 was bulging into my spinal cord and esophagus. The 1st week after the surgery was great except for the swelling in my throat.
Thank you in advance for any advice,