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8 months and still having pain from cervical surgery

christicchristi Posts: 1
edited 04/28/2015 - 9:01 PM in Recovering from Surgery
if this is the wrong forum for this question, I apologize. I've read quite a few topics here and haven't found any topics with my problem. if anyone has please let me know.
8 months ago due to 4 cervical vertebra almost digging in to my spinal cord, I had an emergency posterior cervical fusion surgery with instrumentation (screws and rods from C3 to T2) . I was in the hospital for 5 days then set home. I was home for 3 days and in severe pain, I could not raise my head or stand up due to excruciating pain when I tried.
Taken back to the hospital by ambulance, then taken to a physical therapy hospital where I was there for 1 week before my husband asked my Dr. to complete a MRI. (During this week I was unable to sit up or stand due to the same pain). After finally getting the MRI, they found that a "bubble" of spinal fluid was at the top of my spine. I was immediately taken to surgery where they drained it. I was taken back to the physical therapy hospital and upon arriving back to my room and moved to my bed, my Dr. asked me to stand up. I DID it, no screaming pain in my head.
I was kept in physical therapy for a total of 17 days, during which I was still in a lot of pain and given oxicontin, percoset, morphine, flexeril, gabaventin. (I've probably spelled these medication wrong) . Going home with all of them.
Only stay on them the 1st 4 weeks. Am now taking Norco 10/500 along with the gabaventin, flexeril. I also use a bone stimulator.
Along with the pain, swelling and sometimes stiffness in my neck, it is also across the top of my shoulder blades and shoulders. Pain also radiates down to left arm to my elbow. My surgeon says that due to my surgery being so extensive, I can expect this up to maybe a year, and that no one experiences' it the same length of time.
Due to having possible pinched nerve in the lower lumbar, (story for a later time) i'm unable t stand for longer that 5 minutes at a time. But I do complete stretching and physical exercises in bed.
If anyone has anything like I've explained, could you tell me how long the pain and swelling in the shoulders lasted.

thank you for posting this


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  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 552
    I'm sorry to hear what you had to go through after your surgery. That must have been scary.
    I had posterior cervical fusion surgery also. It was a year ago & I still get really tight muscles through my collar bones & shoulders. I worked with a physical therapist for a couple months. He really tried to massage to muscles to get them to relax. They aren't near as bad as they were after surgery, but they're still tight. Are you on any muscle relaxers? I use a TENS unit. That helps me a lot. Maybe talk to your doctor about trying these things?
    I hope things start to improve for you soon.
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