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Neck pain from surgery

Rob m3005RRob m3005 Posts: 1
edited 08/27/2015 - 12:30 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I have had three neck surgeries in 6 years I have a plate and am also fused the first surgery they went in and put a plate and screws in 6 years ago I went about two years and started get the intolerable pain and numbness and tingling in my right arm and hand back so they went back in and found bone spurs already from the surgery 2 years prior so everything went pretty good I wasn't in as much pain as I was in before but the pain was definatly worse then after the first surgery so basically two more years go by and here we go again pain intolerable and numbness and tingling in right arm and hand and at this point my life is nothing but ice packs, tens unit, and pain meds so we go back in and there is another rupture and they pull the old plate out put in a new one and fuse also go through recovery again and all this time I have been under pain management and had blocks and burns all with no help here we are today and in so much pain I can't hardly stand it I am on a 25mg patch witch has been the only thing to give me some relief but just some and on hydrocodeine and this time along with the pain on right side of neck numbness and tingling on right arm and hand now my right shoulder kills me and I am getting migraines from the excruciating pain so we have a new MRI and all the old work looks great the dr says but the disk above work is starting to bulge just starting she says and there is nothing we can do for you but send you back to pain management to try to block it again and what the kicker is to me on all this is my neuro and my pain management dr tells me after the third surgery to stop working and file for disability so I do file to the extent of them declining me and I have to go back to work so now I am looking like a couple more years and they will be back in again since one is already starting to bulge but I am to the point in my life of just giving up it seems no one is in my corner I have to get on higher meds to tolerate the pain which means going up to a 50mg patch which I am a zombie on but I still have to work because I am not disable enough to get disability what do I do but give up

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Neck pain


  • Hi Bob, your story made me cry. I just wish I could take your pain away, I don't know what to advise other than please don't give up hope of finding a way to deal with this. I don't know if more operations are the answer, but you really need an opinion from a very good sympathetic surgeon. I think it helps to know exactly where you stand, what can be done and what to expect or not expect. After reading some horror stories of spine surgery going wrong and repeat surgeries needed at a later date, it makes me think twice about surgery at the moment. Having said that there are people who once couldn't hardly move, had severe spinal cord compression that find the right surgeon and surgery for them, and they are given their life back. Never give up hope, lots of good people here to support you if you just want a chat. PM me if you want to let off steam, or just chat.
    You are not alone.
  • dianebddianeb Posts: 2
    edited 08/31/2015 - 2:42 AM
    Hi Bob,
    Muscle stretching and straightening exercises may help you. You should do the exercises only with the guidance of an expert physiotherapist. There are so many exercises that should not be practice at this time, only an expert can advise you about these tips and techniques. I used to do exercise for my neck pain with the guidance of a physiotherapist in Dynamic physiotherapy and sports injury clinic in Burlington. This helped me to avoid unnecessary mistakes. All the best.

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  • susanDssusanD Posts: 2
    edited 08/31/2015 - 2:36 AM
    After reading your post i am now convinced that there is no hope for my pain to go away. I just refuse to be opened up again. i"ve had two surgeries that did nothing and now the pain is even worse. the last one was to fuse c4-c7 and i had high hopes but its been 2 years post-op and nothing has changed...except it hurts MORE! i was told that once they start fusing its nothing more than a chain reaction and eventually it will reach my lower back...which now i have sciatica problems... i guess i just have to get used to living this way. so depressed. i cry all the time and i hate it because i don't want my husband and family to worry about me and see me fall apart. i'm at a dead end...... i don't want to give up but sometimes it feels like there is no answer. i can't afford physical therapy ....would anyone recommend one of those things where you recline upside down? anyway, i feel your pain and i hope that we both can find some relief!
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