I tried finding something similar and so many were outdated, so thought I would try a new thread.
21+ years neck/back pain
Fusions C4-C5, C5-C6, L4-S1
5 Epidural injections (never worked)
Heat/ice/exercises/massive pain meds/chiropractic/relaxation techniques/massage, etc.
Finally after massive pain after lower back fusion, had a Medtronics spinal cord stimulator implanted. I can walk again, do housework, etc. Truly wonderful.
BUT, neck has always been the worst, after 4 RF (nerve cuttings) with a block first which each worked 6 months, then a 5th one on right cervical that didn't work at all even though the block worked. One more fusion that only helped 6 months. Another epidural, nothing, then a test block of C3-C7 which was wonderful for 48 hours, had RF done 2 weeks ago. Doc didn't inform me that with higher block I could have increased pain, but have had at least double the pain for 2 weeks with disabling headaches, neck, shoulder, mid back pain. I can't function, wear dark sunglasses all day and even at night to watch t.v. I'm taking Norco, Neurontin, Valium, Ativan, Tramadol, Excedrin Headache (Tylenol & caffeine), and recently found some relief after drinking 4 cups of real coffee (drink decaf).
I realize everyone's body reacts differently, but I'm at a pain level that isn't allowing me to sleep, think, concentrate, and is disabling my entire life. No driving (especially with the drugs), and pretty desperate right now.
Have others had this much pain after RF, the 1st 5 RF were lumbar and starting at C4 down and never had increased pain, just extreme sunburn type pain in my scalp, and intense skin itching for a year after nerves regenerated once?
I know I'm not alone, but desperately need to know what is going on. Doc just says wait for 6 weeks for relief. At first the referral from the Neurosurgeon suggested RF, but the spine specialist hesitated and said "it didn't work before", but then resorted to it again.
I may contact Medtronics as the rep told me about it that implant can also be used for the cervical problems. Just at wits end with also 3 knee surgeries, ending up with replacement, ankle surgery, and many more, total of 33 procedures and I'm only 58. Enough is enough and I can't work at all. This is not life, can't enjoy grand kids, kids, family, fun.
Suggestions, or any input gratefully appreciated.