I had a c1/c2 fusion (my bone from hip and 2 wires) in the beginning of April 2011. Surgery was needed due to a bone spur causing atlantoaxial instability, muscle spasms, hand and foot numbness, and numbness on the back of my head. After several weeks postop-, the muscle spasms subsided and I began PT. I walked 2+ miles a day and did 2 hours of PT 3x/week. The pain never went away completely, and at 6 weeks post-op I was in continual pain again, and it has only gotten worse. About 5 weeks ago (5 months after surgery), I was prescribed a bone growth stimulator. I wear it 4 hours a day religiously and my pain has not subsided at all, and now the numbness in my hands and feet has returned, worse. My feet get tingly if I stand up for more than 3 hours, my arms go numb at night sometimes, and the other night my right hand was trembling when I was eating dinner (I guess my fork was too heavy!) The pain is unbearable.....I want my life back. I have an appt with my surgeon on Nov 8th, but plan on calling him tomorrow. So I guess my question is 'How long do surgeons wait until they consider a fusion as failed and redo the fusion using a different method?
any and all advice is GREATLY appreciated!
April 2011 C1-C2 Fusion (Brooks wiring)
January 2012 C1-C2 Revision Fusion (Harms Technique)
2010 - current: Trigger Point Injections, Epidural Injections, Bilateral C2-C3 Radiofrequency Ablations