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C-7 Problems....again

sampa105ssampa105 Posts: 1
edited 01/13/2014 - 7:39 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I'm a 60 old male who had surgery on the C-7 back in 2003. it began hurting again about 6 years ago, but not real bad. I was a letter carrier at the time and with all the twists and turns you do with your neck, delivering the mail on a walking route began to show. I asked my surgeon for some pain medication, he said no, he needed to get back in there again and clean it up. I refused the operation at the time because of the 6 to 8 wk recovery time. This past mid November, my neck flared up again, and been getting worst by the day. The pain has now spread across my left shoulder, left arm and even my left ear will tingle like pins and needles. I have an appointment with him on Jan 31. Till then, I need anyone to tell me how to reduce this pain. Nothing seems to work, Ice, Heat, massage, Advil, Aleve, icy hot rub, you name it. It's my fault for waiting so long for the 2nd operation. My advice to anyone who has chronic neck pain to not put it off...see your Doctor sooner, than later


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  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    Explain the surgeon said no to pain medication but your pain is unacceptable. Make sure you tell your Dr that ypu are going back to the surgeon. Good luck
  • SunshineKittySSunshineKitty Posts: 2
    edited 01/26/2014 - 6:07 PM
    Maybe explain to your doctor you don't want opiates (they don't like to rx those much), but ask instead for a nerve pain pill like Lyrica. I took it while I was waiting for my c5-c7 and c1-2 fusion and it helped a lot
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