Hi everyone - I am new to this forum. I am a 45 yr old woman. I have had surgery for severe spinal stenosis and severe ddd. I had double ACDF C5-C7 back in Feb. 2013. The surgery itself was not that bad. Recovery was pretty good. My problem is that I still have all the horrible symptoms that I had before. Neck and Shoulder pain, loss of function in right side with severe neuropathy in the right hand. I have lower back problems to the point where it's hard to walk. Leg and foot pain is so bad at times I can't stand it. Having said that I do know that the main goal for surgery was to stop further progression of the damage and prevent paralysation.
On top of that, I am experiencing numbness and tingling on the opposite side. I started getting this headache from the bottom of my skull 2 wks ago and have tinnitus *(as explained by my awesome PT). Spasms are constants as well. Not sure how a person is to stay on top of all of this. My NS is sending me for a brain MRI and a lower back MRI. I have been waiting 7 months to get into a pain clinic at the hospital. I do think there are other things going on from the list of symptoms that I have and not even listed.
I would love to hear from people who have had similar surgeries and stories such as mine. Staying positive is the biggest challenge in all of this. As everyone knows, chronic pain is a true bummer.
I am Canadian but look forward to hearing from people from all over. As it doesn't matter where you are from. Pain is global.