I had an ACDF on C6/7 in 2006. Since 2007, the pain has returned. It's been on and off since then. Recently, it has gotten worse. I've been having neck pain, sometimes it's a burning sensation, the pain would radiate in my shoulders down my left arm and lower back. Also pain and numbness down my left leg and a new symptom, numbness in my fingers on both hands. I used to exercise every morning. I haven't been able to exercise for 2 weeks because the pain was so bad.I miss exercising and now I've gained weight that I worked so hard to lose.
I tried pilates on Tuesday. The next day, I was in a lot of pain. I'm now having pain on a daily basis. I take tramadol and flexeril. It takes the edge of for a few hours and it comes right back. I do stretches and take hot baths. I have a massage cushion that has heat that I use on a daily basis. Now I'm waking up in pain. I have a low tolerance for pain and it's unbearable. There are times I feel myself getting depressed but I pull myself out of it. I try to stay strong by praying and reading God's word. Without God in my heart, I would fall to pieces. I'm not perfect. The support of family helps me also. That's why I come to this site to read that other people are going through the same thing if not worst. Let's keep each other lifted up and offer encouragement. It's what keeps us going. Thank you for your input and sorry so long. I had to release this burden that I've been carrying.