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Recovery from C6/7 ACFD: more facet injections?

I'm a 30 year old male, good health aside from osteophytes that fused. I had an ACDF on C6/7 about a month and a half ago, though notably I never had radicular pain. My pain is in the subscapularis area, sometimes in the levator scap and nearby musculature. My neurosurgeon thought it was facets, and I got facet injections at C5/6 and C6/7, both sides, with a quick acting painkiller. The day after I felt fantastic, better than I have in the last 8 years. Of course it went away, as it was supposed to, and I got the surgery. Recovery has been alright, but generally, the pain is a bit worse now than it was before. I realize I'm early yet, and I'm wondering if I could get more facet injections while recovering. Something longer lasting would be great, and it occurs to me that the facets on C5/6 might be implicated and might not be fixed by the fusion.

I am trying to rush things, I know. I just moved to California, passed the Bar, and want to be relatively coherent and pleasant for interviews. Thank you for any advice. If there's more information you'd like, just ask.


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
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  • I appreciate the info! I did take a look at the stickied topics and did a rather cursory search, but didn't find anything directly on point. I'm also having a little difficulty deriving rules from the read-before-you-post threads, since they're pretty flooded with people's personal problems. I apologize if there's anything off about my post, and will see if I can find any more specific information already posted.
  • You might want to talk to your pain management doctor and he may consider doing a repeat facet injection or possibly a rhizotomy. It might also simply be a case of the nerves flaring up post op, which occurs quite often post op.
    There are also several medications used to treat nerve pain that your doctors might consider in the meantime until it settles down.
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