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CookieookieCCookieookie Posts: 5
edited 05/15/2014 - 11:53 AM in New Member Introductions
I tend to be long winded...I'll try to make it short....well, I tried :)

I'm a 50 yr old woman...just turned 50...not used to the number yet

I was diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis with myelopathy and myomalacia. I had been dealing with it since forever I guess and didn't develop severe symptoms until 2010.

To save money I went for chiropractic treatment since I had been laid off from my job. It was really helping until I got into a car accident (rear end collision of course) I was in so much pain I applied for disability and actually got it after 1 year and 4 months (they lost my paperwork so I actually got it after 1 year...grrrr)

I then immediately took advantage of the medicare and got a recommendation to a specialist who was known to be very conservative about surgery. He told me to stop the neck manipulations at once but it was ok to have my back manipulated by the chiropractor. Unfortunately my chiropractor was very offended and I had to discontinue going. Not bashing Chiropractor..he helped alleviate the pain a lot!

Ok well, after PT and 2 MRI's and xrays my very conservative Orthopedic Spinal Doctor told me that I had to have surgery or I would become paralyzed from the neck down eventually. I was told I already had symptoms of paralysis. Scary stuff.

So, since I had finally gotten insurance I decided to go ahead with the surgery. I am sooo happy with my surgeon. He told me the truth about the surgery. It would fix my neck but it may not fix all the pain. He said it was a very hard recovery and to have a ton of help. He told me it would take a very long time for my neck to not be so stiff etc...just honest and straight forward. I'm grateful for that. Having pain or being paralyzed...hmmm the choice was obvious.

Ok well, ridiculously terrified before surgery I was given all kinds of happy drugs before I went in...the anesthesiologist didn't have me count down...they just wheeled me in and he said something like "well, in 3 seconds your going to pass out" omg I laughed and then woke up. :)

Alright...I guess I should tell you what I had done....

Posterior Laminectomy from C3-C6 with fusion and instrumentation. I have 8 screws and 2 rods. This was done 5 months ago.
Medications: Norco but not as much, Ibuprofen and Clonozapam for anxiety which can cause more pain.
2 MRI's pre op and lots and lots of xrays.
PT prior to surgery and just starting again after getting hurt the first time post op.
Chiropractic treatment for 2 years

The recovery has been up and down...I chose to introduce myself today because of nerve pain....I didn't want to bug my doctor yet again because I'm miserable...I'll get over it but I was wondering - do I ask my question on another part of the forum...I guess I need to read the rules again. :) ok, thank you for taking the time to read my long windedness.



  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 05/15/2014 - 11:59 AM
    You will get responses to this post, no need to ask in another forum as this is a violation duplicating posts..

    Welcome to Spine-Health and how to get started here


    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • CookieookieCCookieookie Posts: 5
    edited 05/15/2014 - 1:38 PM
    I didn't exactly ask my question...I did start a topic about post op arm pain. I guess you need to delete it..it's in neck/back surgery...I posted it in the wrong place anyway..I tried to look up the topic but just kept getting an error message .... embarrassed. Sorry. :(

    eta; ok, I went to the article and that doesn't answer my question so now what do I do?
  • Congratulations on turning 50........I did too in January and am loving the new decade of my life......so far anyway.
    As far as the nerve pain goes, it is sadly common post op, when there is nerve root or canal impingement/compression.....and you seem to have had it. There are things that can be done to ease some of the nerve pain, medications such as gabapentin, or Lyrica, or cymbalta, topamax and some of the anti depressants are commonly used with great benefit to ease neuropathic pain.
    Having it now does not necessarily mean that it will always be there, but then again it might.....the key is to learn to manage it, and as more time passes from your surgery, you may see improvement and maybe elimination of it the further away from surgery you get.
    With the medications used to treat neuropathic pain, it is vitally important that you go slowly up in dose, and do exactly the same , back down . You can not just stop taking the medications suddenly. It can take a bit of time to get to the correct dose for your pain levels- for example gabapentin has a dosage range of 100-3600 mg, so there is a lot of wiggle room and it takes a little time to see if the dose is going to be effective.
    Lyrica has a dosage range of 25-600 mg per day, so again, it takes a bit of trial and error to reach the correct dose , which relieves your pain but keeps the side effects minimal....
    You could talk to your doctor and explain your symptoms and ask him about one of these medications.
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