I feel like a mess these days. I had an ACDF C5/C6 almost 3 years ago, which didn't fuse. I had to undergo a corrective surgery 2 years ago to the same level, they went in both anteriorly and posteriorly. As time has progressed, I have started to have that nagging non-stop chronic neck pain that radiates into my shoulders and causes headaches. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxers do not work for me. My muscles are in a constant state of spasm, I have tried trigger point injections and have had minimal relief. I've also recently taken a Medrol Dosepak which helped me for 1-2 days while I was in the middle of the treatment course. I've done PT but nothing seems to help. I have pain medications that my PCP normally prescribes but this past month I was injured by a student (forceful hair pull that yanked my head back), this made my normal symptoms so much worse, I have 30% range of motion in my neck to the right side and 50% to the left. I ran out of my prescription early because I got hurt unexpectedly and at this point my surgeon was following my care. He refilled me until I was able to see my PCP, which is later today. The pharmacist did call my surgeon to make sure that he was aware of this and he was so I don't think that there is an issue there but I hate this social stigma associated with pain meds and the fact that I have to ask my PCP for a refill later today. I am eligible for refill but I am just nervous. I hate feeling this way.
Also, does anyone have experience with an MRI that is similar to this? Or can someone explain this a little better to me? My surgeon said to just go to PM. I would love to hear from anyone, I feel so alone lately and I really hate talking to my husband about the constant pain that I experience
C2/C3 Bilateral facet arthrosis
C3/C4 Bilateral facet arthrosis
C4/C5 Posterior annular fissure without focal disc protrusion. Underlying disc bulging and bilateral uncinate hypertrophy contribute to mild central stenosis and mild foraminal narrowing
C5/C6 Patent central canal and neural foramina status post instrumentation
C6/C7 Unchanged disc osteophyte complex. Bulging annulus fibrosis without significant central canal or foraminal stenosis
Thank you in advance for all so much for your help and support! Everyone was so helpful when I was going through my surgeries and it's reassuring to know that there is unending support here ****************************************
No on one the Spine-Health patient forums is medically qualified to provide any advice or
or recommendations on any diagnostic test. However, the following key words can always be applied.
MILD Treated with conservative measures such as Physical Therapy and mild medications. Many times these situations can be cleared up and the condition can be resolved.
MODERATE Some more treatments may be needed, ie Spinal Injections, Ultra sound and stronger medications. Always a possibility of more aggressive treatment if the conservative measures don't help
SEVERE Need for stronger medications. The requirement for surgery may be necessary
Liz, Spine-health Moderator