I am wondering if anyone has experience as a patient or Physician with cervicial spine surgery (laminectonmy and fusion), and can offer some advice on my situation.
I had a cervical spine laminectomy and fusion from C3-C7 almost 5 months ago. This was done to correct severe spinal stenosis which had led to compression of spinal chord and condition known as Myelomalacia. The symptoms I was experiencing prior to surgery were numbness and tingling in my left hand (thumb and adjacent 2 fingers), and drunken sailor syndrome (off balance and weakness in walking on one side.)
The post surgical MRI looks great, indicating the surgery has dramatically increased the room in my spinal canal and relieved the compression. My walking is also almost back to normal, but no improvement in hand yet. (I realize this may or may not improve, and could take a year or so.)
My problem is...I am now experiencing severe pain in my neck and shoulder (on left side), a symptom which I did not have prior to the surgery. The pain in my neck is a severe ache (on left side, and occasionally in center.) The pain in my back (upper left trapazoid area) feels as if that muscle is in a tight knot. (I often find my left shoulder 6 inches higher than the right side, and have to force it down.
I have been going to PT for 4 months, and also taking many Feldenkrais lessons, but these symptoms have not improved.
My question is...is this pain in my neck and shoulders normal after 5 months, and can I expect it to go away or improve on its own by allowing more time; or, do I need to have some further diagnostics done, to understand what is causing this. This pain is so severe, I have not been able to return to work, so I would appreciate any comments or suggestions. Many thanks...MAS