I feel rather ignorant after reading other post, I don't know the terms for the surgeries I've had.I don't even know the disc that were operated on by their location. Maybe that's part of my problem? Old school I guess, best to just shut up and deal with it.
I just had my 6th surgery 3 weeks ago. 1987,shaved a disc lower back, 1988 fused disc lower back, 1996 shaved disc in neck, 2007 put plate in neck,2008 rod and screw in lower back and last one shaved disc above plate and drilled soft tissue(?) below plate. Also have got to have another one on lower back to replace rod and screw(not lined up right?) with another rod and screw put in.
This last surgery was for pain, numbness and weakness in right arm. The surgery fixed the problem mostly, still some pain in right forearm but nothing compared to before. The problem is my right shoulder, from top of arm all the way to the incision is totally numb and where the numbness stops at the upper arm there is a great deal of pain. Last week Neurosurgeon said time would take care of it. I take hydro-codine and it isn't helping any. My question is How long should I wait before talking to my doctor about it again.
Thanks for the forum, I'm learning alot