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1 year post acdf c 5-7 severe left shoulder arm elbow pain

sinatrafan44ssinatrafan44 Posts: 64
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in Chronic Pain
It will be a year tomorrow since I had my ACDF surgery..At the time of surgery both of my arms were going numb, with more prominent numbness pain, and weakness being on my left side..8 months prior to surgery was in a car accident where i suffered whiplash and mild central cord syndrome.Was hospitalized 3 days and given steroid treatment..My left side at time of accident showed more pronounced weakness and hyper reflexabilty. 1 year post surgery the numbness is completely gone but I have terrible bouts of shoulder, middle back, upper arm, elbow and wrist pain..it is only on the left side..I have been treated with gabapentin,lyrica, oxycodone..These have only masked the pain which now seems to be constant with days of tolerable pain to those that even the pain meds will not touch..My primary care doc thinks fibromyalgia...It could be..I am calling for an appt with the neurosurgeon..It is weird..symptoms only on left side, narcotics and nerve pain meds not effective..I am afraid to get an MRI for fear of more damage..I am also concerned that it may be the spinal damage and that nothing will help it..

Has anyone had similar symptoms following ACDF or have any insights into this..thanks for any thoughts..Amy


  • I had ACDF March 2009, did pretty good for a few short months and then crashed and burned. I had all of my pain in my right arm prior to sugery and now all of the sudden out of no where, and over a year later, my left arm starts the numbness/tingling/pain, etc.

    And pretty much anything the doctors give you is just going to mask the pain, which is very frustrating when you think about it because you want to be "fixed" not cover it up with meds, but then again it is better for them to try and do that to at least try to make you a little more comfortable and see if things start getting better than for them to jump the gun and start cutting on you.

    I see my pain doctor today so we will see. I have a feeling he will send me for another MRI to see what is going on. Ugh, I dread even knowing if there is something wrong.

    Take care
  • guess that's why everyone in "my many many medical providers world I have now" keep telling me "gotta give it time, 11-35 mos - but whoda thought it would be this constant of a 24 hour a day PAIN?!@^&
    I did do another mri & it showed ALOT of STRESS still from the surgery - it was all cloudy & showed neck spine was all out of whack due to it, & to give it time to settle - unbelievable - something surgeons fail to mention
    sorry to hear you had a surgeon like mine - does not help for a more speedy recovery - I know that mine & Mels recovery has been constant pain the entire time, from reading her posts & seeing all she's been through trying to find an answer & get some relief... I was right behind her in this ever so painful journey
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