I had C5/6 fusion 13 months ago. I had a pretty smooth recovery and was doing terrific. Five weeks ago, on the anniversary of my surgery, I marveled at how great I felt. And then ...
My shoulder started to hurt again. It's been hurting for two weeks and I'm trying to will the pain away. I've been doing my best to pretend it isn't there, so I haven't tried to ice it or soak it or take meds or anything at all, but it doesn't seem to be going away. I'm afraid I'm going to have to call my NS on Monday.
Wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience.
The pain isn't nearly as bad as it was pre-surgery and more localized to just my upper arm. (Pre-surgery I had nerve pain that usually reached my elbow and sometimes went all the way down to my thumb.) The pain now seems kind of close to what I felt that first couple months AFTER surgery. Some trigger point pain but also some hand and wrist weakness, and also occasional jolts of electric type pain. (Ugh, as I'm typing this I realize I am probably describing nerve pain. And that is not good.) Feeling grouchy.
Giving in and going for the ice and Tylenol now ...
Please send advice, support and commiseration.
C5/6 herniation, type 2 diabetes, generalized anxiety disorder