I'm new to this site and have found it quite helpful to read through others posts. I had neck fusion a month and a half ago (three levels, C4-C7), was told by my doctor that I had the neck of a 60 yr old (nice guy.. huh?). I had extensive bone spurs that had grown around my nerves and had lost feeling in my right hand and arm. Numbness also in the left arm, but not as sever as the right.
Surgery went well, the numbness is gone (some tingling if I over do it but not much). My doctor has agreed to do an MRI on my lower back (which is the source of most of my ongoing pain, the neck was not causing pain, just complete numbness of hands/arms). He thinks due to the degeneration of my spine, more then likely my lower back looks the same way.
Luckily, because of the neck surgery I have not extended myself too much and my back has been verily calm in the last month and a half. However, I woke up this morning and can barley walk.
Even sitting is so painful I have to sit in a lazy-boy with arms, so I can support myself with my arms for the first few min's after sitting.
I have pain medication but refuse to take it, for personal reasons (I don't have time to go into it now, but it's for very good reasons).
My question is, I do not know if the two are related? I have had my back act up before with out doing something to stress it out, but I have never been in this much pain with out stressing it out.. if that makes sense.
Could my neck being fixed cause more pain in my lower back?
I have told my doctor, regardless of what we find on the MRI, I am done with surgeries for right now (I have had 6 surgeries in the last 7 years, so I'm tired). He agrees to try and treat me any other way, aside from surgery.