I am new to this site. However, I have been following it for about 6 months now and I am comforted to know that I'm not alone in this. I had a DaVinci robot assisted total hysterectomy on January 6, 2015. I am a Registered nurse and had researched all procedures and medications ( this surgery puts you in a trendelenberg position which means the table is tilted so that your feet are much higher than your head to essentially pull organs away from the pelvis area so that the "parts" being removed are accessible and other "parts" don't get nicked). Going into surgery I only had "female" issues below the waste. In fact I worked my usual 12 hour shift 2 days prior with no discomfort. After surgery I progressively developed pain in the neck, shoulders and in between shoulder blades, stiffening spasms in upper arms and tingling, numbness, weakness and pain in both arms and hands. At my 2 week post-op appointment my Gynecologist figured it was due to positioning and to give it time and it should go away. By 2 1/2 weeks the pain was so severe that I eventually was sent to ER where a CT was done. My opinion is that positioning during surgery caused these injuries. Skip ahead 5 months and I am now 6 weeks post-op from anterior cervical decompression with fusion of C4-5, C5-6. The MRI confirmed that I had disc herniation in C4-5, C5-6 and C6-7 although my Physician decided C6-7 was not severe enough to "fix". Since surgery I continue to have excruciating headaches, pain in the neck, shoulders and back. Pain medication and muscle relaxers help with some of the symptoms and I am following all post-op instructions including religiously wearing my soft cervical collar until my physician gives the OK to stop. Within the past week I'm experiencing the pain, tingling and numbness coming back intermittently on my right neck, shoulder, back, arm and hand. I know that the healing process of this surgery is a long one. Still, I expected to make progress by 6 weeks post-op. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.********************************************************************************************************* Welcome to Spine-Health
It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,
Here are some questions that you should answer:
- When did this first start?
- Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
- What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)
- What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
- What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)
- What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
- Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)
- Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
- What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?
Providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
of your situation and make it easier to respond.
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Please remember that no one at Spine-Health is a formally trained medical professional.
Everything that is posted here is based on personal experiences and perhaps additional research.
As such, no member is permitted to provide
- Analysis or interpretation of any diagnostic test (ie MRI, CTscan, Xray, etc)
- Medical advice of any kind
- Recommendations in terms of Medications, Treatments, Exercises, etc
What could be good for someone could spell disaster for another.
You should also consult your doctor to better understand your condition and the do’s and don’t’s.
It is very important that new members (or even seasoned members) provide others with details about their condition(s). It is virtually impossible to help another member when all the details we have areI’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?
Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways its like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then its up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.Specific comments :Personal Opinion, not medical advice :
--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 06/02/15 12:51 est