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Upper Back Pain post c5 c6 Foraminal Surgery

mf18nhmmf18nh Posts: 5
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:00 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
Had surgery to open up left c5 c6 foraminal stenosis 1 year ago. Scar is in the back of my neck with a deep depression apparently from moving muscles to get at spine. Went well and relieved symptons except for some thumb numbness. Shortly after surgery I began getting upper backaches particularly when standing or walking. Pain is bilateral in the middle section of the upper back. Best relief is to lay down for a few hours, sitting in a soft chair, kneeling by the bedd and putting my head on it, or taking hydromorphone. Neurosurgeon was great but he gives me no help with this other than prescribing a limited amount of medicine. I am timid about exercise because I believe that doing chin ups actually triggered the need for the foraminal surgery. Does this sound like a typical post neck surgery issue?

Male, 65 years old


  • I had a posterior laminectomyI at c5/c6 16 weeks ago. Pre-op pain and numbness immediately disappeared. Post-op was uneventful until I began having terrible pain in my trapezius muscle. It never ends, 24/7. I get some relief with lying flat and from oxycodone, but it is relentless. I haven't seen my NS, but have seen his NP. She has finally given me a script to see a PT pain specialist. I'm at my wits end. Have you found relief?
  • Sounds very similar. My trap pain is in the lower fibers. Feels like an bad ache. It is irregular often triggered by standing, sometimes by walking. Working through it seems to help particularly 12 - 24 hours later. Laying down also makes it go away. Hydro morphone (dilaudid) script works for me. Much better than oxycodene for me but some will not prescribe because it is stronger. Could also be stress to some extent. Have had it 12 plus months.
  • I also had neck surgery c3/4 c5/6, befor esurgery I complained to my NS that my mid back hurt too, I really thought that the neck surgery was going to help with the mid back pain, but alas I think it made the mid back worse! I have arthritis in 3 levels in my tspine the spasms are bad they just scream at me, I had gotten off the hydrocodone thought I could make it without the pain pills but I couldn't do it! I have pinch in my t spine and the nerve that is pinched is a nerve that runs to my stomach and gall bladder when I am in full blown spasms I can feel the twitching in my abdomen! I had surgery two years ago it relieved a lot of neck pain and arm pain but the mid back is getting me down! Feels like a tight band around my chest, plus I know I can feel the hardware in my throat!!so I guess I am saying I know where you are coming from! Anyway talk to later! Lela
  • The other thing that gives relief is to get on your knees in a prayer position by a bed, then lay your head on the bed, drape your arms across the bed It can be very relaxing and you can fall to sleep in that position. Also, you may want to try out a recliner in a store. I am very interested in how you make out with the PT. Keep me posted.
  • Have you consulted with someone skilled in acupuncture
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