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C spine fusion pain

Glad to have found somewhere to share and relate to the problems I'm having 9 months after having 4thru7 C spine fusion


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
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  • Awaken by pain at 2:30 and googled to try and see if others may be having the same problems after c spine surgery. Read some of the post and amazed at the similar problems I had 4thru7 C spine fusion 9 months ago. Pain is just as bad if not worse now. The pain in my fingers is something that I never use to experience. They actually feel swollen but are not. It happens at night mostly and in different fingers predominantly in my right hand. My neck and right shoulder pain is always there with tingling down arm at times. Taking opiates for pain but either the meds are not working as well are the pain is getting worse. I'm taking meds only as needed. Any physical exertion I pay for with extreme pain. My first 4 months after surgery the doc. Said the fusion was not progressing and was really concerned. Said the MRI was ok. 6 months out the fusion is starting to grow. The surgeon that I see now did not perform the surgery. He is a referral as the surgeon that did is no long employed by the hospital nuro dept. was advised the the spacer or plugs that where put in between my vertebrae is to tall or long. And should have been shorter. The Nurosergon I have know said I would probably live in chronic pain for the rest of my life. Still on medical leave with work. Don't know how much longer that will last. About 5 years from retirement age. Don't think I can work in my condition. Don't know what to do?? I'm grateful to have found others that can relate to this condition. After what I been thru I don't think I could face surgery again
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