I am five months out of C6 and C7 surgery with plates and screws. I am still having pain. My right hand goes numb, the pain is now down my left arm to my index finger and thumb. I have this horrible burning across my shoulders. My surgeon said he doesn't know why and sent me to a pain clinic. All they want to do is the steroid shots. I hate them. I had them before my first lower back surgery in 2005, the side effects were horrible and I do not want to put myself or family through that again. Besides hating what they did to me, they didn't work, I had no pain relief. I am also 17 months out of lower back surgery, cage and screws.(december 2008) I'm still in pain with numbness in my foot, pain down my legs. I went back to work after my back surgery. I went back out of work right before my neck surgery and haven't returned yet.
I was told that because I am not paralyzed, the surgery was a success, even though I'm still in so much pain. That the surgery was not for pain relief.
I have never been in an accident and we don't know why my back problems started. My surgeon said before my back surgery that he only sees this extent of damage in accident victims.
Is this burning normal that I feel? Sitting at my computer is when it gets worse, which isn't good for my job. I have a desk job and am in front of the computer all day.
I'm so frustrated with the pain, the not sleeping, I'm angry all the time. I feel like no one is listening to me. I ask for some sort of pain relief and am treated as if I'm a druggy. I've gone days with nothing, just popping ibprofen to see if maybe that will help. It doesn't touch it but it does give me great heart burn.
I have made an appointment at a Spine Center. That's in a couple weeks. I'm hoping they can offer some sort of relief. And maybe they will listen to me.
If anyone else has been feeling this way can you let me know? At least then I know its normal.