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Good Day All ~
I am brand new and seeking some advice and connection from others with similar issues. Feel quite alone in all of this as I am not one to complain about my issues, rather plow through them. I am not sure if I am doing this correctly so please be patient with me :-) My name is Liz, I am 51, from CA. I have suffered neck and upper back pain for years, thinking it was just "normal" aches and pains. Tried lot's of massage, heat and ice, yoga, chiropractic, strength training, etc.. I have a desk job which unfortunately seems to exacerbate my issues. Feels much better when I am moving and physical, but still painful.
Normally I experience pain from the base of my skull, through my traps, shoulders, and upper back. It is constant. Some stabbing, spasm pain, lots of burning and cramping. Have had 2 MRI'S which show degeneration and a bulge in my C-5-6 and am riddled with bone spurs in that same area. I have had cervical facet injections twice with no relief. This month I had a Radiofrequency ablation in C-3-4-5-6. First on the Rt. side and 6 days ago the Lt. side. I am experiencing significant pain, which I understand to be "normal" for the first week or two? But I also have what feels like a lack of muscle control at forward flexion. If I try to look down to sign a document or heaven forbid tie my shoe, my head feels as though it is just going to drop! I called the office and they said that they weren't sure what that was about so just come in for my two week follow up. Wondering if anyone else has experienced this? I have been so bummed out as I am a very active person and still feel so young at 50+ but also feel so compromised. So glad to find a forum to be able discuss and share with others! Any advice is welcome and appreciated!
Sending good energy to all ~ Liz*


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  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 805
    edited 11/24/2013 - 5:52 AM
    Sounds like you have done your homework and gone the conservative route which is best recommended. Had and still have very similar symptoms and issues.
    I sent you a PM, let me know if I can be of any help & support to you.
  • I also had similar issues. My rfa's never helped me and caused major pain also. I will never do them again!!!! Have you gone for some more opinions??? That may help.

    Hope you feel better soon.

    ACDF C4-C7 5/13/2010. Synthetic Bone Graft Failed Fusion.
    PCF C4-C7 8/13/13. Rods and Screws Fused in 3 Months with Autograft.
    C6-C7 Spineous process Surgically Shaved Off 3/11/14.
  • Hi Liz,

    I am fused at C5-C6. I had a lot of the same symptoms you explain. Had RFA also, no help. My disc guts pushed into my cord and was bowing it out and pushing in back against the vertebrae in that area. So, the surgery worked well and allowed me back to sports and everything. Mine was from a car wreck years prior. As you mentioned about feeling like your head wants to flop forward (or back), I had that complaint prior to fusion but not after surgery and PT...
    Hope you feel better!
    -Ti man

    C5-C6 Fused, Syrinx from C4-C7, Bilateral SI joints are fused from car accident using iFuse by SI Bone
  • Thanx so much for your imput and I am so happy for you that your surgery was a success and you are able to be active again!! I guess that I am still in the "one step at a time" phase, where surgery could be useful but they only want to go there as a last result. I would also rather avoid that if at all possible. Did a good bit of yoga last night, stretching helps and am gonna continue to live my life even if it hurts... stubborn and determined! :-) Px meds help but I hate the idea of taking them.... have never really had to do that except once after an accident several years ago.. but it allows me to get through my day to day so, guess it is what it is.. Thanx for your input ~ Peace*
  • mzpagemmzpage Posts: 4
    edited 11/25/2013 - 11:35 AM
    I think it may be wise to look at a second opinion if the RFA does not prove helpful... thanx for your input. Good luck to you!
  • titanium-manttitanium-man Posts: 12
    edited 11/25/2013 - 2:52 PM
    No worries...as far as the pain meds, use them when YOU need...not what you think others will think. I had the same guilty type feelings about pain meds. I go as along as I can, then I have one. Makes me help deal with the pain and gives a bit better quality of life.
    Have a good night, -robo
    -Ti man

    C5-C6 Fused, Syrinx from C4-C7, Bilateral SI joints are fused from car accident using iFuse by SI Bone
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