I had my 2 level ACDF on C5 - C6 in the beginning of May this year. Recovery has been kind to me for the most part. It seems like Im slowly getting better and the surgeon says Im fusing great by now.
Recently I have started to experience nerve pain again. Its the same symptoms as before surgery, although not as severe thank god. But it worries me!
In the back of my mind I hear that voice that says it will take a long time for the damaged nerve to heal, and I hope that's what it is, and not unsuccessful surgery.
I started working a few weeks back and the symptoms correlate with that, am I doing too much too soon?
Do I need to slow down?
I am thinking about calling my pain clinic for getting a steroid injection to calm the nerve down. Does anyone know if its ok to get injections a few months into surgery?
I would like to think that this is the nerve temporarily acting up but still healing and that its not my old symptoms coming back. My surgery is still a success, since I am better off overall than I was before surgery. On my good days I am better than when my disc problems started 5 years ago. On my bad days I still sink down into that black hole of ass woopin pain.
Anyone with ACDF behind you, did you see a lot of healing progress even after 4-5 months? I know it can take up to a year or longer to heal, but Im just worried that I have reached "as good as it will get" and that my nerve pain will be a life long struggle.
Please tell me Im being over dramatic.
Cause: car accident & genetics
Effect: herniations C4-7, stenosis, osteoarthritis, myelopathy, neuropathy
Non-invasive Treatment: everything under the sun
Invasive Treatment: 2 level ACDF, C5 & C6, May 2012
Moving Forward: SCS