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New Symtom - Headaches

Looked around for a recent discussion on this subject, apologize if this is duplicated somewhere else. Had a C4-C7 Fusion done in 2008. Pretty much had a steady diet of pain in neck, shoulders, and sometimes arms since that time. See a pain management specialist since that time, have had a variety of medications, some with more success than others. Also have 3-4 injections annually. Living with chronic pain, as most of you know is not fun at all. Over the past 3 months, have developed a new symptom that do not remember having, especially not every day. That is headaches. Have a headache literally most of the time, ranging from 2-3 at good times, and 7-8 or more on bad times. Have discussed this with GP and PM doctors, after sinus X-rays and some office type tests, they both agree they are from the cervical area. Now, my question and fear is that something else is going on or my conditions have worsened. Had a recent injection (cervical) trying to address the headaches, and while it may be a little better, there are still some tough times. I am due to return to both doctors, and wondering what I should be doing next (MRI, Cat scan, etc.). I have seen a Neurosurgeon over a year ago, and he thought while it is possible to make things better, it also turn out worse. His advice (at that time), was to leave well enough alone. Would love to hear from some of you that have knowledge of this or have had similar experiences. Appreciate any advice you may have.


  • diamondeddiamonde Posts: 185
    edited 09/04/2012 - 7:40 AM
    Hi Hahubb,

    I've always suffered with migraines... before and after my ACDF (C4/5 and C6/7) For my migraines I have a profilactic and special med just for migraines (very expensive!); but most of the time I take an over the counter paracetamol/codeine known as solpadeine in Ireland. Lately though, and I have found this very helpul, they prescribed a low dose of amitriptyline, 25mg. Amitriptyline is an anti-depressant; but in lower doses than is used to treat depression its been found to be helpful in reducing neuropathic pain and reducing frequency/severity of migraines. I don't know if your headaches are migraines... but because the amitriptyline is helpful with neuropathic pain it might be something to ask your doctor about. Also, just as an FYI... my headaches were alot better for about a year after my ACDF... it made the doctors think that the my cervical deterioration had contributed to my migraines in some way...my neck is acting up a bit, nothing like yours, in the last few months... and with that... the headaches/migraines are back... but I'm managing thankfully! Hope you get some relief soon.
    L4-L5 fusion 1998; ACDF C4-6 2008; DDD
  • Thank you, Diamonde! Will keep that in mind. Will do what I have to to help with headaches, but hate to keep throwing meds at it. My job is very much a mental one, and headaches affect my ability to concentrate. Would really like to get all of this in my rear view mirror, but every week, month, and year goes by, and only get more symptoms and pains. Thanks again.
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