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post Foraminotomy pain

LeeDaleLLeeDale Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:50 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Hi, I had a cervical C7 Foraminotomy on Jan 4th. I have dealt with the usual post-surgery aches and pains fairly well. But, about a week ago I started getting a "burning" sensation in my shoulder muscle, the muscle that runs across the top of the shoulder into the side of the neck. It's so intense! I have an appointment to see a Physio next week, my GP thinks it may help! But, what can I do in the meantime? I am taking a whole bunch of medications, including morphine and NSAID's. Nothing seems to work for more than an hour.
If anyone has any ideas/suggestions as to how to ease the pain, please comment.
Many thanks


  • Can you call your Surgeon? There should be someone on call at all times. Are you taking a muscle relaxant as well as pain meds? Please contact your Dr. and review your medications and get his advice. I know recovery is long and painful but a call to your Surgeon should clarify any symptoms you may be having. Not sure why your GP would be advising Physiotherapy for you and not your Surgeon? You take care and hope you get some answers soon. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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