I had surgery on Dec. 9 2014. This is about 14-16 weeks ago. I had spinal stenosis and a bone spur at C6 and a "minimally Invasive" posterior foraminotomy, laminotomy were performed. Before surgery my pain was at a level 5 constantly but it never radiated down my arms. Stuck solely to the back of my neck and caused very tight muscles. It has been almost 4 months post op now and I still have the same pain as before the surgery and on top of that I have some really nasty inflammation at the surgical site and into my shoulder blade on the surgical side.
Has anyone had any experience with inflammation this far out after surgery? I don't know if it is a failed surgery or what to do. I am 34 and am starting to feel utterly defeated. I have posted before on these boards but had no response. I find myself on the verge of drifting into a nasty depression from this pain and I don't know who to see or where to go to fix it at this point. I met with a pain management doctor who said I should try RF Ablation. For those who don't know the procedure it is where they burn a portion of the nerve that is sending the pain signals. I have heard mixed results and am a bit terrified of trying this procedure as it may actually make it worst.
This is truly ruining my quality of life as I don't want to leave the house in fear of a nasty flare up which are consistent with me going out at times. I have tried NSAIDS with no relief. My only relief was a Medrol dose pack which gave me about 90% relief but only during the 6 days I was on it. Would a longer acting injection work better? Any suggestions ? Could my inflammation be the cause of my pain and will it go away? Anyone had any experiences that were similar to mine? Please help me as I don't want to imagine the rest of my life being in pain as this.