I was suffering with severe neck pain, headaches and numbness in my hands and feet. I was told it was caused by a collapsed c5 disc and the only solution was removal of the disc and cervical fusion. I was under the impression that the worse thing that could happen is that the operation might not work.
Unfortunately, after having the operation, in April this year, I have been left with severe nerve damage causing weakness in my hands and legs. I am unable to walk without a walking frame. Initially my left hand was clenched and useless but after months of physiotherapy I can now use it a little, although it is still very weak. I have reduced sensation down my right side, I don't feel anything sharp at all, useful when having injections there though
I have pain in my left arm and both sides of my torso, pain in both legs and they either feel freezing cold or burning hot. Both legs and feet are swollen. I am practically incontinent and have difficulty sleeping because of muscle spasms. I am 62 but have always felt much younger than this as I was so active. I now feel closer to 92 and that my life is over.
The worse thing is that nobody seems to know what is going on. The consultant seems to think there will be some improvement but he has no idea how much. My GP just prescribes pain killers and doesn't seem to have a clue what else to do for me. I just want to know if anyone else has experienced anything similar. Will I always have this pain? Will my legs always feel frozen? I am so depressed and can't seem to get any answers.