I am starting to think I am crazy! I am 60, and have always led an active lifestyle up until my injury. I was hurt lifting in 2001, was misdiagnosed for 3 months and fought my way into a neurosurgeon which resulted in an immediate c6-7 fusion, donor graft and plate, and was told they had to pick disc fragments out of my spinal cord sheath. Surgery was a piece of cake and I was overjoyed with initial symptoms relieved for the most part except for residual numbness in one finger. Problems started several days later with severe muscle spasm in my neck, shoulders and upper back, and headaches, all of which have continued to this day. My initial pain was my(L)arm which still flares at times, but for the last year most is right arm, neck, and hand burning. I have been through work hardening, PT, injections (which are the only treatment that helped the pain short term), MRI's etc, etc. I have been prescribed vicodin, fentanyl patch, muscle relaxants- all of which I have fought the use of and told my MD that I wish to wean off of, I do not feel like long term narcotics are an option for me. I am also on 3600mg gabapentin, Baclofen 10mg 3x/day, and zoloft 200 mg. I have decided no more needles, narcotics or tests, I need to take over my care. I have worked at different jobs up until a year ago, and finally gave up and am now on disability. I spend most of my time laying in bed to support my neck watching tv- not good- right? I requested my neurologist send me to an aggressive period of PT (one last time- and new clinic) to see if they could help with the the huge knots in my shoulders and back. This physical therapist is the first one that really even palpated my baseball sized knots and has been working to knead them out plus given me exercises which are helping.
I have never joined a forum before, and am sorry this is so lengthy, but I just found this site and feel like I am losing the rest of my life to depression and re-runs
Has anyone out there had problems this long following an anterior cervical surgery?
Thanks for listening,