It's been over 4 years since my last surgery on my cervical spine. Symptoms are still no relief from numb, tingling, thumb, index and middle finger on right hand. Feels like the skin is on too tight and get electric zap feelings and can not stand to have them touched lightly, feels like they are touching raw nerves. Also index and thumb will ache for hours at a time Pain spasms are still in right forearm, like muscles are being stripped from the bone, don't last too long, or I'd be in the ER, pain is a 9-10 on scale, burning in right shoulder, and noticeable tightness, swollen area just above shoulder blade, frequent headaches, pain spasms in neck, feels like screws are pulling loose, but know they are not pain level of 8-10, these are sharp pinching sensations that do not last very long and increase with activity. Have ringing in my ears, hearing every heart beat, began after first surgery in 08. Tremors in right hand began in 2010 and depending on activity can be quite severe, often have to use left hand to click a computer mouse, because right hand will be bouncing. I also will have difficult swallowing on occasions or if I yawn my neck will tighten up and I can't hardly breathe or swallow, scares me, only last for a short time 3-5 seconds. I often notice on a daily basis that I get a body buzz, somewhat like a cell phone vibrating.
I also now have severe obstructive sleep apnea and HBP
Please respond if you have any of these post-op issues. My Doctors don't seem to have any answers for me and see nothing on films or in testing that explain it, but then again, saw nothing on films before 1st surgery either that explain my severe pain in my arm, shoulder and neck +10 on scale, I wanted them to take my arm off it was so bad. All that was noted was a slight bulge, and after 6 days did surgery and removed a chunk of bone big enough for the surgeons dog to chew on, was his words not mine, with second surgery, again just slight bulge and had 3 spurs pressing on spinal cord. So not very trusting of films and tests. Good news is, been tested twice for carpel tunnel and both negative, but I knew that before tests....haha
Note: first surgery accessed neck through left side front of neck and second was right side, with noted tearing on scar, not nice and neat like first. PT does not help me yet, last visit made things worse, do not think muscles are totally to blame and Dr.'s seem to think they are.
Thanks for your help