Yes , I am new. I am 60 years old and had my very first surgery on 11/21/2014, which was an ACDF of C 4/5 and C 5/6. Chronic disc degeneration, herniation and stenosis. The NS said that I could go about another year, but I would need to have fusion. After the Chiropractor made it so much worse, I reluctantly chose to have surgery. Believe it or not, I almost cancelled it as I was going into the operating room. My gut still tells me I should have done so.
I am beginning to wonder if I did the right thing. My pain before surgery was always in my left arm, very uncomfortable, but I was managing with Acupuncture 2x per week. Rarely did I experience any right arm issues. My acupuncturist suddenly ran into a brick wall, as the treatments were no longer working. Could not do injections; I am allergic to steroids used in these. Chiropractor made it worse, trigger point a waste of money.
12 weeks out from my surgery my neck still pains on both sides and I have pain in my left shoulder that does come and go. Intermittently I experience pain at the base of the skull on the right side that runs up behind my right ear and wraps forward to around my right eye and cheekbone. My right shoulder is painful/burning and it extends into upper right arm, down into the lower arm. Strangely my right hand feels a bit numb, and the hand stays very cold but it too comes and goes. It does sometimes last for hours or the entire day. Has anyone had this Cold Hand Problem post-op?
From what I have been reading, I guess I will have to live with the pain. Very frustrated and discouraged! I was an artist and I worked with horses. I do have Lumbar issues and a herniated disc at the T 9/10 level. I do not do well on pain meds or muscle relaxants as I get every, and I mean every, side effect of these drugs. I have always been extremely sensitive o medications. Recovery from cervical fusion was a bear! Doctors could not find pain meds that my body could tolerate.