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C5-6 Laminotomy/Foraminotomy Please help !

I have been a long time lurker here reading post after post, but this will be my first posting of my own personal questions. I have a natural tendancy to not trust everything a doctor has to say since these surgeons are basically salesmen at times and will try and convince you into just about anything. I had surgery 6 weeks ago at the Laser Spine Institute for stenosis at C5-6. They went posterior with the minimally invasive technique which supposedly just pulls the muscles out of the way with progressively larger dialating tubes as opposed to cutting the muscles. I went in for surgery because for the past 4 years I have had a very achy neck at the base of the skull and especially tight muscles that would never let up even after extensive massage and chiropractic. I finally got an MRI which showed pretty bad stenosis on C5-6 and a small buldge at c3-4. The neurosurgeon said that my issue was not c3-4 since the nerve wasn't being trapped but C5-6 was definitely pinched a bit. My questions are this. I have looked everywhere and not once have I seen my symptoms for C5-6 and every one of the nurses kept asking me if my numbness of my arms went away. I never had numbness in my arms. It was all muscular and pain at the base of my skull. Can a pinched nerve cause just localized pain at the area? Can it also cause my traps from being incapable from really releasing causing me all these weird sensations of slight dizziness , sudden onset of head pressure , etc. My symptoms all seem to stem from a muscular problem, however nothing would work and the Dr. told me that it's because of the unhealthy nerve which is sending out problem signals to the muscles. I had the surgery Dec. 9th 2014 and its been 6 weeks. I feel pretty much the same , though the doctor says that is because there is still tons of inflammation. I suppose I am still somewhat early in my recovery still. I just finished a Medrol dose pack and felt amazing , but now that it is over the problems are coming back once again. Tomorrow I go to see a physical therapist and hopefully get a massage or have them release my muscles. I just hope they don't spasm back up again. Muscle relaxers don't work at all for me sadly. Has anyone else had any experience even remotely similar , especially with a positive outcome. Reading these forums sometimes makes me feel like its hopeless since so many don't seem to get better. I am young at 34 so I am hoping that this will help somewhat in the grand scheme of things. I just want to feel normal again. Any suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated, I am at a loss and starting to feel a bit depressed about the entire ordeal. I was originally told by the nurse pre op that I would be back to doing my regular routine and feeling great by week 4. Now they are saying at least 12 weeks and full recovery could take up to 6 months.


  • robrobt33rrobrobt33 MichiganPosts: 11
    edited 05/08/2015 - 12:22 PM
    I had a Laminectomy of C4, C5, C6 and C7 to remove a benign tumor on Feburary 20,2015. I'm still using 5mg vicodin 3 times a day for radiating pain from my upper neck area. I do use a lot of ice packs to help dull and cover the discomfort. I'm thinking that the pain may slowly dissipate over a 12 month period. I had a friend that had a very similar surgery and it was twelve months before he was basically pain free. I don't like it but there is hope of better days in the future.
    Best regards,
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