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I have had multiple surgeries on back, shoulders, hands and most recently an ACDF two level on neck. Seems like the surgeries all "take" good but I am always left with pain. Now I feel like I have fibromyalgia or something like it. Tired, painful, nervous and my surgeon is sending me to a rheumatologist to have a work up. My question is..do you think that this sort of problem could be caused by all the pain? These are all workers comp surgeries but I know that WC is going to buck on this fatigue and other symptoms as being caused by the other injuries. Your thoughts would be appreciated.


  • LeeLeeMccDeeLLeeLeeMccDee Boston MAPosts: 105
    Sorry to hear you are feeling so poorly. It's weird but like you, after my A/Plif two level lumbar fusion 3 months ago I have been experiencing the same type of pain. It's like arthritis throughout my whole body. I did not have this pain prior to my fusion and sometimes the pain I feel in my joints, hands, arms, legs and especially my knees is debilitating more so than my fusion. I have not mentioned this to my surgeon yet but I plan to at my next appt. Coincidence or part of healing: side effects of pain killers or possible systemic infection? I wish I knew and I sure as hell hope I can get some answers like I'm sure you do too.
    Good Luck....LeeLee
  • At least I am not alone in this battle. It is not something that you just up and talk to someone about. It makes me feel like I did something wrong to myself but don't know what it is. I do know that this pain is sometimes unbelievable even to me. I have had a lot of pains but this one just seems to be so "all over the place at once" and makes me want to call it a toothache but allover toothache. Hope to find out something from this rheumatologist cause my family is wondering what is going on too. I have never been a real complainer but boy have I been complaining about this. It is just so painful.

    Good luck to you too.

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