Has anyone else experienced a non-union of their fusion? (ACDF C6-7) I have ZERO bone growth at 3 months post-op. Still having a lot of pain, but not the same pain as before my surgery. Now it feels more like bone pain. I'm assuming from where the hardware is. I'm in a soft collar to stabilize, but the pain continues. My PCP seems to think I am fabricating the pain for the medication, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. It's really frustrating to be in pain every day and people seem to discredit you. My surgeon understands my pain, but my PCP called his office and told them not to prescribe medications to me that they would be taking care of it. I don't deserve to be treated like this. Any one have any advice? Anyone with the same experience?
Needed to add I am not allowed to take ANY anti-inflammatories at all, because it inhibits bone growth. Since I haven't begun to fuse at all, this is out of the question. No range of motion, manipulations or exercises via PT, so that's out as well. (All per NS) I'm so limited as to what I can do and take for pain control.
I take Celexa 40mg X1 (because my PCP believes my frustration with my pain is depression) Neurontin 100mg x3 a day, Skelaxin 800mg x3 a day, Norco 7.5/325 1x a day which does not decrease the pain (and I have to basically beg for those) ****************************************************************************************************** Welcome to Spine-Health
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•ACDF C6-7 (5/12/15) resulted in a non-union of the 2 vertebrae. I am using a BSG & Forteo injections every night, PT for e-stim, US, MFR, dry needling, acupuncture & another private MT for MFR. My tone is improving, however the bone pain continues.