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C2 to T5 fusion very painful recovery.

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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:19 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi, my name is roger, on August 31 2007 I had a Cervical fusion starting at C2 to C7 originally, resulting from spinal stenosis and a broken neck from work injury. while recovering I contracted MRSA in the bones which destroyed the fusion and surrounding tissue. On March 13th 2008, they went back in and anchored to T5 fusing C2 to C7, since then I have been experiencing the worst pain of my life in the muscles of the back of the neck to the back of my skull into my shoulder blades. It literally feels like someone is stabbing me with a knife in the neck at the base of my skull. The problem is I had to lie to my Doctors about this pain so I could get released back to work. I am not really sure what to do. I have to work to survive Disibility payments suck! but I am also scared that I may be causing more damage by working. Has anyone experienced this type of pain in the neck before? and what should I do? The pain is so severe that I have to lay down at times to relieve it to some extent.
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  • wow, that sounds like a huge surgery! I am assuming that they had to go in posteriorly since you had to anchor so low down the T-spine. Correct me if I am wrong. Posterior takes much, much longer to heal from, and my doctor said I will continue to have significant pain even up to a year. It does sound like the severity of your pain is worse than it should be though.

    You are in an unusual situation--most people lie to their doctors so that they don't have to go back to work--you did just the opposite. I would suggest that you just go back to your surgeon and explain things. You wouldn't want to do something that would cause you to have to go back for a third try at this fusion thing. I'm so sorry for what you are going through.

    Welcome to spine-health. You've come to the best place on the web to find support, information, and people who know what you are going through.

    Cindy

    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
  • Hello there!

    I am so sorry for all the pain you are in! That is a lots of levels to have worked on at one time.

    I was in a car accident exactly 1 year ago today as a matter of fact.

    At this time I am waiting for fusion surgery on my neck. Either 2 or 3 levels. The thing I wanted to say is that I have the same pain in my neck just below the base of my skull about shoulder level. It is as if a "HOT POKER" has been inserted there.

    In January I had someting called a Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy after trying all other conservative methods. I was told the surgery would only help part of my neck issues and would need fusion later.
    After this Foraminotomy there was only some of the pain symptoms that went away. The Hot Poker has stuck around but has gone from being there constantly to only occasionally.
    Your right when you say the only thing that helps is to lay down. I am so sorry your going through all this. L:aying in a 1/2 reclined and 1/2 sitting position is the best most comfortable position for me to be in for pain relief. Of course meds help.

    I am with all the others on this one! I would go back to the doctors and say something is still hurting and have them check you to see if anything that has already been worked on has now been jepordised.

    Roger I do understand about being on workers comp as beforthe car accident last year I had a Work comp injury to my arm that lasted 3 1/2 years and 4 arm surgeries later. I know the money is not what you normally get, but there was no way I was going to get released off of the workers comp untill I felt everything had been done to help me.
    Unfortuately right as they released me from comp pretty well pain free, I had the car accident and was pushed right back into the pain and injury and Pain Management cycle. Now I am awaiting another neck surgery.
    I am the sole supporter of myself so I have been living off the Comp settlement which is now running out. Believe me I know it is tough to live on workers comp but my health is everything to me.

    Please please go back to the doctors and find out for sure if this pain is residule from all the work that has been done or is something else that needs to be addressed.

    Do you go to Pain Management? What type of work are you doing? COuld you take a lighter duty position?

    I will say some prayers for you!!

    Chrissy
  • Quite a bad hand you were dealt, I'm afraid. I would suggest going back to your original doctor and explain the pain you are in, in detail. What meds are you currently taking?

    I don't know what type of work you do but perhaps you can be training to do something else that is better for your body and causes you less pain. I definately understand the need to work, it is tough out there right now, gas prices, food prices, etc.

    Be straight with your doctor. You need to get your pain under control. Tell him that disability payments isn't enough to survive on and ask what he suggests. Since you were hurt at work you should be able to receive schooling/training for something else. Or, they should give you a settlement payment to supplement your disability payments.

    Again, welcome to spine-health. Please keep us in the loop Roger!
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