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edited 08/11/2015 - 2:20 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hey all, just a brief summary- born with dislocated left hip, told the arthritis would set in sooner in life, at age 35 started having hip issues when to PCP did an xray and sent me to an ortho surgeon. Threw my xray up on a light box and told me i needed to replace the joint. Went to several different surgeons, one was one of the top hip replacement surgeons in the world and told me that after i had the replacement surgery I would not be able to perform my jobs which was as an ICU nurse. He had weight limits such as 5 lbs of which I could not perform my job anymore. I went to another surgeon who said that I would not need to limit my weight transfers but had to watch how I pushed and pulled patients...... Had that done in June 2012, not an issue since then with my hip. After that started having lower back pain that would not go away. Started with pain management, had injections which didnt work and the meds didnt work. Ended up getting referred to an orthopaedic surgeon several counties away from where we reside. He did several xrays and an MRI and stated that I had spinal stenosis between L3-L5. Put it off until June 2013, was out until the end of August, went back to work but the pain never went away. Went to a different pain management doctor who just kept pushing harder and harder drugs on me, received injections but they didnt work. Ended up almost losing my job due to the strength of the pain medicine, told him that I didn't want the stronger medications but he continued to give them to me. I kept telling my pain management doctor and my ortho who did the hip replacement that the pain had gotten worse. I finally convinced my back surgeon to do another MRI. He did the MRI in September of last year and determined that I had a bulging disc above the surgical site. Only 8% of his patients did this occur. So November 2014 went in and he removed all the hardware and replaced it with new hardware from L2-L5. Pain relief was almost immediate but a couple of months afterwards started having pain in right arm and to both sides of the surgical site. I have had neck pain for years, started having migraines since I was about 12-13 yrs old. Have been using chiropractic care for about 23 years or so. Relieves the pressure and pain in my neck temporarily. But within the past 6 months, pain has been worse. Had carpal tunnel surgery on left hand in March 2015 and within the past month the pain in the left hand/arm dissapeared. But pain is still in my neck and right arm. Arm goes to sleep and fingers have numbness and tingling. Told my back surgeon about neck pain when had 6 month back surgery checkup. He told me he would do the neck pain evaluation went back in July had eval and he scheduled me to an MRI yesterday. Came back with a severe rating, he said radiologist dont like to use the word severe unless its justified and it was. Bones are pressing on the nerve at the C5-C7 area. Said we are almost at the point where nothing other than surgery will work. So I graduate school in December and we are going to do surgery the beginning of next year. I don't want to take narcotics. I have an issue with them does anyone have suggestions on pain control after surgery. I know I can use Toradol for five days post surgery and also will be prescribed muscle relaxants I need some advice. No narcotics at all and I have to watch NSAID usage due to bariatric surgical history. I am sick and tired of having surgery...... sick, sick and sick of having surgery.

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Thanks.... for any help or suggestions you can give me.
Jodi Levins


  • Hi there, sorry to hear you are in so much pain and need further surgery. I am not good with medications either, I have taken them but do and say a lot of silly things on them. I call myself Mrs Bump as I completely miss the doorway and hit the frame when on certain pills, so I sympathise with your need for relief without the brain numbing pills. Have you tried capsaisin cream? It is made from chillies and heats up the skin to take your mind off pain, it actually does work to a certain extent. Just don't do what I did and not wash it off your fingers well enough and poke your eye...that took mind mind off other pain for a few minutes I can tell you! Lol
    It might be worth a try if you have not already done so, it is better than pills if it worked for you. I only heard about it from an elderly man who had awful hip pain that medications just didn't touch, he found great relief from it.
    Best of luck.
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