I have had to anterior fusions consisting of the C4 and C5. The C5 did not fuse and caused my C6, C7 to collapse. I then underwent a posterior multilevel fusion and laminectomy back in Aug. of this year. I have been in a lot of pain since before my first procedure. After the laminectomy, my pain seemed to increase quite significantly, but I just thought this was normal.
This past Tuesday I started to notice a gradual increase in pain. I figured that maybe I had slept wrong or did something to aggravate my nerves. The following day I woke up and the pain had increased ten fold. I thought about calling the surgeons office but didn't want to jump the gun on something that would go back to normal in another day or two. Friday I tried to get in touch with my surgeon due to the pain level I was now dealing with. The surgeon was not available due to the holiday.........So I waited most of the day and then decided to go to the emergency room.(Nobody with chronic pain wants to do this) The hospital ran a CT with and without contrast and helped get my pain under control. The findings of the CT scan confirmed something had happened.
The right side pedicle screw of C5 and C6 have migrated and are extended into the neural foramen. My pain level at the present moment is off the charts. I'm taking Norco 10 and Neurontin and a muscle relaxer with no relief. My symptoms as follow. Can't lift my right arm and measurable strength loss, axial pain, pain running from mid-neck down to lower back, pain in both shoulders and arms, headache. The hospital wanted to transfer me by ambulance to the surgeons treating hospital, but I declined now I kind of wish I would have let them....... Advice is very welcome.
I don't have a pain management problem........ I have a pain problem..