Long story short, I had intense pain in my arm that ended up being due to a herniate disc. After trying other avenues of treatment, I went ahead and had an ACDF at C5-C6 as indicated from an MRI.
After surgery, my hand/arm still tingled but no pain. Gradually, about a month later, my upper arm pain returned, and my whole lower arm, elbow to hand began getting intense, painful pins & needles.
I am worse off than before. My pointer finger is almost always tingling and feels semi-numb almost all of the time.
So I went to my original pain doctor after having had the surgery done by a NS. I was ordered another MRI which according to my pain doc showed scarring from surgery that is causing the lower arm pain, and I still have a slight disc herniation at C6-C7. He says the scarring is pretty much here to stay, but we will try to get things better.
Then today I had a follow up with my NS who upon seeing the MRI ordered from the pain doc, says the MRI looks perfect and things are great. When I tell him about all of my symptoms he says that maybe in a few weeks get an EMG, but at least give it 3 full months after surgery before to see how the progress is. He makes a point to say that he would send me to a different doc for the EMG (EKG? I forgot...duh), not my original pain doc.
So now what? The two doctors have told me completely different things. Who to believe? I have a call in to my pain doc to tell him what the NS said, and I have a call into my regular doctor to ask his advice. What do you think? I welcome any and all advice. Thanks for reading.
(Did I post this in the right section?)