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Severe neck pain after nerve burn procedure

Sparkey65SSparkey65 Posts: 4
edited 06/19/2015 - 3:35 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I am 2 weeks out from nerve burn procedure on c3 through c6. Had disc fusion in December 2014. 2 weeks out and severe burning and pain at base of skull on neck. How long will this burning neck pain last after nerve burn procedure? I take Valium and 10-325 hydrocodones with very little pain relief. Help

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  • I had ACDF in December c3 thru c5. X-ray 3 days ago showed it was healing well. This pain started about a week after the nerve burn procedure. The ER people just send me home and say take the pain mess. Hydrocodones 10-325 and Valium do not help the pain very much. Saw my pain management doc last Wednesday. It said it was probably the muscle inflamed or tendons. Pain radiates from base of skull on left side down through my shoulders. No fever so don't think it is infection. There is one spot where injection was done that is extremely painful to the touch, burning and stinging. Has anyone else had this issue two weeks out from a nerve burn procedure? How long did it last? Thanks
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,839
    (and what kind of burn procedure are we talking about) done after your ACDF?

    From your post: Cervical Fusion December 2014, then 2 weeks out, 2 weeks out burn procedure.

    So, do we assume your burn? procedure was done in the beginning of June?

    Like my attached note indicated, the more details you provide us, the better we can respond. Without details, we need to ask more and more questions, which will delay responses.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
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  • Nerve burn done 1st of June 2015. Cervical surgery December 3014
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