I've had an alif L4/5 surgery on 8/24/10, still recovering and out of work!
During pt post op my neck started hurting bad. My hearing would go out and my migraines have become a weekly menace! Lasting for days, which I attributed to the butt load of meds I've been on. I finally had cervical mri. I wont bore or overwhelm you with all details, rather just give you the impression section:
Reversal of expected cerrvical lordosis with resulting kyphosis
A central & right parcentral disc protrusion impinges on the spinal cord cc/6
Disc buldging occurs at c4/5 through c7-t1
Foraminal stenosis is on both sides of c5/6 and on the right at c6/7. Clinical correlation recommended
Posterior subluxation of 1-2 mm @ c5/6
Okay I know we are not medical docs here. My pm doc wants to do esi at c5/6. I saw chiro who wants to do vax d & in office posture pump.
My NS has not reviewed films yet only the report so he is not commenting I see him next week for SNRB L4/5 (residual issues from fusion). However I doubt he will discuss my neck next week. I have an appointment on 3/25.
My pcp thinks I should do NOTHING just stretch, he has watched me fall apart from my back surgery.
After my l4/5 fusion I've had a series of setbacks and I regret my surgery as relief was minimal and the new problems have been all consuming, hindering my recovery.
Can anyone offer advise on the chiropractic option....I've been doing epidurals & trigger points for years for lumbar and I know for me they have been band aids.... after fusion I am having lumbar injections.
Like all of us here I just want to be NORMAL again!
I need my life back I need & want to return to work so I have to get my neck in a place where I can look down & turn my head!
Sorry for ranting, I'm just frustrated and sick of being in PAIN.
thanks for listening and I would LOVE your input. :-)