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C5 C6 Fusion Worse after procedures

daddyof7ddaddyof7 Posts: 1
edited 07/12/2015 - 9:34 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had ACDF at C5C6 in 9/13. Pain in neck, headaches and right arm pain/numbness still after surgery. In February 2015, MRI showed fusion non-union. March 2015 I had a Posterior fusion with instrumentation. Nearly four months out I'm suffering the same symptoms plus added ones. I have a constant burning in my neck at the incision site, deep in. Headaches are more frequent and no feeling on the skin to the immediate incision site. I'm on a pain management plan with NORCO 3x daily. I'm taking Gabapentin 4x daily for arm pain/numbness and Baclofen 3x daily for muscle spasm.

Depression is another problem. Anyone else have any problems like I've mentioned?



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  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 556
    Your story sounds very similar to mine, except my surgery was at c4/5. It has been a year since my second fusion surgery(posterior) was done & I'm still having the same symptoms & now some new ones.
    You are still early in your recovery from the second surgery, so try to be patient & give your body time to heal. Have you started any physical therapy yet? Do you have a tens unit? I find using that can help distract me from my pain.
    Good luck to you in your recovery!
  • SukhreSSukhre San Diego, CAPosts: 181
    It seems so few (50%) report success... Some report success right after surgery and do not come back to the site anymore... I wish these sites provide a way to count statistics
    MRI shows C4-C7 severe steonosis. Pain in hand.
  • jbraider2jjbraider2 Posts: 1
    edited 07/26/2015 - 8:01 AM
    Hello. I had a C5/C6...C6/C7 acdf on March 4th 2014. I was very nervouse before the procedure and this site was a huge help. I am doing very well fortunately. I plan to write a full post with my story as I too could not find many positive posts. I understand most people whomdo well do not return to the site, but I think its important for thosenthat do well to share their stories as well as support others who are approaching surgery or are dealing with complications.

    To daddy0f7....I wish you all the best and hang in there. I have known a few people that had problems (pain, soreness,numbness,tingling) for almost 2 years before things calmed down. I'll be praying for you and hope you have some great days in the near future.

    God bless.

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