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C-3/C-4 Corpectomy Disk Removal at 13 weeks and in pain!!

Ok, I had my surgery on June 4th 2013. It was supposed to be an ACDF and 6 weeks recovery and back to work. I woke after the surgery to find that the stenosis was so severe that the surgeon had to perform a corpectomy and install a plate and cage. He still said 6 weeks in the collar, back to work and 12- 18 months for full recovery. So, at 6 weeks I returned had the x-ray and he said another 8 weeks in the collar. So, here I am now 3+ months later and the pain is still quite strong, I still cannot sleep in my bed without waking up in severe pain, so I have been sleeping in a recliner to help minimize the pain. It helps some, but I still wake several times every night from the pain. I also have pain in my shoulders and left arm. I have been on morphine for 2 months now and it only helps very minimally. I am very concerned that these are signs of non-fusion. I know the only way to really see is to take an x-ray, but any input would help. I return to the surgeon on September 9th and I am absolutely terrified as to what he is going to say this time. I fully expect if I cannot return to work in the next couple of weeks that I will end up losing my job. I know that is not important in the grand scheme of things, but lets face it, a good paying job is hard to find these days and I am well paid for my services. Any input would be appreciated. I am starting to get depressed from the constant pain and frustration this is causing. The surgery did take care of some of the issues I was having with numbness and tingling over most of my body and pain in my shoulders and arms is reduced, but it seems at the cost of severe and ongoing pain with no end in sight. My biggest fear is having to go through some type of additional surgery! This one was bad enough and the thought of another one is just too much!! :-(


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