Hello. I had ACDF C5-C7 in March 2015. The surgery significantly helped my left arm pain and weakness as well as left leg weakness. Since the surgery I have had an increase of neck and upper back pain without arm numbness or weakness. It feels like it is the spine itself. I had 2 sets of XRAYS by different doctors. 1 was interpreted as Pseudoarthritis / failed fusion. 2nd was interpreted as Stage 2 Spondylolishesis at C3-C5 and C7-T1. The neck pain is sometimes unbearable. Also I have sever low back pain which I can only imagine is from some of the postural changes I make to help with the neck pain - I am not sure.
I have had 2 Cervical ESI so far and will be starting Physical Therapy. I take 2 Alleve in the AM / 2 Alleve in the PM and Tylenol throughout the day & Gabapentin 2700mg daily. I can also take Tramadol 50mg 3x daily but this offers little relief and gives me mild nausea (which I wouldn't mind so much if it helped better). I use ice, TENS, & DMSO as well.
Has anyone experienced similiar changes post-op? Has any of the treatment options I suggested helped or is surgery a forgone conclusion?