Has anyone more than one ACDF surgery to further repair your spine. Your opinion and experiences would be appreciated.
Three years ago I had an ACDF C5-C6. I healed quickly and felt 100 times better, my husband and I considered it a huge success.
I do take Lyrica for pain management and have started to notice it really wasn't easing the pain. I starting experiencing a little discomfort on the left side of my neck.
Then two weeks ago, I woke up and was unable to get up or get out of bed, I looked like a turtle stuck on its back. I slowly and painfully managed to flip onto my stomach and then had to slide to the edge of my bed and move my legs over the edge and drag my sorry butt off the bed because the pain in my neck and left arm was so intense, that the slightest movement had me in tears.
I found relief once, when I had to get something off my side table and I leaned over and put my forehead on the arm of the couch, I stopped and for a moment the pain was gone. This makes me wonder if it's my neck.
The pain feels like someone is stabing me with a hot knife and twisting it. I took a percocet , which I never do but the pain was just too much. We went to the walk in clinic and the doctor gave me pain meds and muscle relaxers, when I told her my history about neck surgery, she said to follow up with my doctor.
At home I've been doing stretches, using my tens machine, along with heat and ice treatments.
Thankfully I am able to move my arm now but the pain in my neck never goes away and it's intense, my range of motion is limited. I can't find a position (laying down or sitting up) that is comfortable and just want to hide under my covers until it goes away. But as you know, life isn't like that. I missed 4 days of work last week because of the pain. I'm back to work this week but it's killing me.
Saw my family doctor and he thinks it's just a muscle spasm, because he felt my neck and said it's very tight. He increased my lyrica dosage and told me to keep doing what I'm doing. If it doesn't improve in two weeks to come back and we can try something else. He mentionted botox injections as an option.
Here's my concern - I've never had a muscle spasm that lasted this long, nor with the pain not subsiding. After my ACDF, the surgeon said I most likely will see him again in 5-10 years to repair further deteriorating discs. So now, I keep wondering and worrying that this pain in my neck is because of further disc damage.
I would appreciate your thoughts about my neck pain.