Hope someone can help. I had an ACDF on C6-C7 3 months ago and am no better than before the op although the movement is better. The disc herniated in January leaving me unable to move my head and with severe muscle spasms in my neck and spine and electric shocks in my hand etc, but as I wasn't scanned until the end of April it took 14 weeks to diagnose. The operation took place 2 weeks later to remove part of the disc, replace with a carbon fibre box and fuse.
I am currently on 600mg of gabapentin, 60mg of dihydrocodeine and 100mg of diclofenic a day for the pain. I am still getting electric shocks in my left hand, shooting pains up my neck and now into my ears (?!) and a continual burning pain down my spine which is really getting me down.
I expected to be back at work after 6 weeks of the op but am still off sick and its now 3 month.
At my first MRI which identified the C6-C7 disc herniation (the surgeon described it as a huge piece of disc having broken off), the neurosurgeon also commented on C5-C6 bulging but decided to leave it as he didn't know how long it had been like that.
The pain increased between the time I had the MRI and the operation and after the operation I was told a massive piece of disc had shot off and lodged itself in the fibre surrounding the spinal cord and had dented the spinal cord. The surgeon said that it had been far worse than he thought at scan stage. After physio that has not helped, I had the results of another MRI today which showed C6-C7 op ok, a vertical fracture in C5-C6 and C4-C5 bulging but with nothing actually touching the spinal cord, although I understand the dent is still there at C6-C7. The surgeon has signed me off for a further 6 weeks and referred me to another neurosurgeon for a second opinion.
I expected to be told I needed another op as all the symptoms have come back so was not expecting to be referred for a second opinion and left the hospital without asking anything other than about pain relief - the consultant has increased the gabapentin to 900mg.
Has anyone else experienced anything like this?? I'm hoping someone might be able to give me an idea as to what might be going on???
Thanks for your help and support.