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Pain still is very bad

terigrotterigro Posts: 1
edited 01/21/2015 - 8:22 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Had my surgery on December 30th and today is January 21st. I am in so much pain in the back of my neck, shoulders and numbness in hands, needle feelings.
Is this normal the pain is at a level of 7 to 9?
I go in in 2 days for my first post op appointment. My Doc only gave me 10 days of pain meds and I have been taking now Tylenol only but it is not working at all to stop or relieve some of the pain.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • He needs to know how much pain you are in. If he can't help you, find someone who will.
    Realize that FEAR is our worst enemy. Get up & get out in that stormy weather of the real world & kick fear in the teeth. Stare at it dead in the eyes & walk right through it into the storm; because once you're wet, you won’t fear the rain anymore
  • I would advise getting a pain management doctor, you don't know how long this is going to last, it could be months before it goes away. Your neurosurgeon should be able to refer you to one. Going that route will keep him in your corner and also get you one that he trusts. I would call him tomorrow for the referral I would not wait for the appointment.

  • I had ACDF surgery on september 9th and a month later, I was still in a lot of pain. I also have it in the back, neck, and shoulders. I was also having an increase of headaches caused by the pain in my neck. Fast forward about 4 months later, I am no better than before surgery. I am in the pain management stage now. I have been going to physical therapy for a couple of months and I am on several different medications to help.
    It is best to be completely honest with your doctor for your pain level. If you don't tell the doctor then they cant help you.
    Tracie C
  • PLEASE can someone help me have hope?
    I had severe arm pain due to a large herniated disk with moderate central stenosis for nearly 1.5 years. I begged for help and saw two neurosurgeons, but both said that my dual arm pain was not from my neck. I was taken off hydrocodone due to a nerve conduction study that said I had carpal tunnel only. Yet, it was my neck! So I had surgery 8 months ago. I begin to feel somewhat human, though I have spasms in my forearms and prickly weird sensations in my upper back. I began physical therapy and they began making me move my arms a lot---reaching, stretching, etc. It has stirred up a hornet's nest from hell and I am in TERRIBLE nerve pain again. It's as if the muscles never heal, either. If I leave everything alone, it's almost survivable with pain meds. But now that they are having me reach, stretch, and do what I normally would have done without pain a few years ago, I am just dying. I do not know whether to continue in therapy, or wait for the nerves to heal. I was told six months to a year. Since it was such a long time, I suppose I could be waiting even longer beyond one year (if I am lucky). I begged for help and no one would help me for 1.5 years----a fat middle aged woman. Doomed to get no help. I need stronger pain meds if I am going to have to move my arms. They are hypersensitive at this point and hurt to even touch them some days. Is there anyone else like me? Ugh. I am sort of afraid.
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