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What should I do next

I've had several selrgeries for a c5c6 fusion. One to do the fusion one for non fusion and one for a infection after the non fusion. I see a orthopedic and I tell him of the pain I'm in and tingling and the occasional loss of feeling in my arm where I can't move it at all. It feels dead. He seems uninterested. Kinda like he did the surgery and got his money. He sends me to a pm dr. Who pretty much does nothing. Gives me meds noritin. And sends me on my way. MRI shows spondylitis , anterior osteophytes and mild degenerative changes above the fusion.

What should I do next?


  • A very long time to heal, if it is going to. How long ago were the surgeries? There really isn't much that the surgeon can do regarding the nerve pain, unless there is compression of a nerve root.
    Neurontin is a medication used to treat nerve pain, but it can take some time to find the correct dose that eases the nerve pain but doesn't cause intolerable side effects. What dose are you on and when did you start taking it?
    If once you get to a high enough dose, if the neurontin still isn't all that helpful, the pm can try Cymbalta or Lyrica or a few other meds also used for nerve pain.

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