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Had two spinal surgeries

JadeyJJadey Posts: 1
edited 01/28/2016 - 11:51 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I recently have had major spinal surgery 1 in February and the last 1 in July where by the surgeon has placed a titanium plate in my neck I have since return back to work in November but my muscles are in severe pain but I'm scared I'm going to lose my job I'm currently at home ill and don't know what to do I don't have no one to talk to anyone out there got any advice or help

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  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,158

    I found out the hard way that you need to be your own advocate when it comes to your health. I have similarly had muscle pain/spasms - as have many others in these forums.

    The last time, I contacted my surgeon via his online portal. I didn't get a response, so I called and left a message, no response. Then I contacted my family Dr, who set up an appointment for me to see a sports medicine Dr. Then I finally heard from the surgeon that they gave me prescription for a muscle relaxer.

    For me, the muscle relaxer helped a lot, others aren't so lucky.

    Be a squeaky wheel, and ask for help.

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    Read my story at Bruce - My Story
    ACDF C4-C5-C6-C7, and getting better every day
    It has been a process of healing, learning, exercising, and resting - and figuring out when to do which.

  • suz1catzssuz1catz Posts: 1
    edited 01/31/2016 - 6:26 AM
    I had a ACDFogradft C-3-through C-5. I have screws,plates and cages. surgery was Nov. 18.2015. On Jan,28,2016 saw my surgeon went over x rays of my neck but I'm still in a lot pain both my arms and hands go numb I get weakness and my left front of the neck hurts and I have left should pain. Doctor told me I should not be in No pain so I'm going to have a MRI. I have no idea but is this normal to have pain and numbness.. Please i need some insight. I would appreciate it very much . Thank you

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  • Hi there!
    Here's some comments regarding my C5 6 7 spinal surgery. And my 2 surgeries with regards to an L3/4 fusion done 2xs.
    I had my C spine surgery done in March of 2010. I had the 2 L3/4 done March 2013 & then Jan 2014.
    I have basically had none stop issues with my neck & I've had an MRI where my surgeon says everything is alright. Yes, according to him (from a surgeons point of view) I am fine. Their job is to fix it so it won't degenerate anymore. Or try to help with nerve pain or many other things of that nature. They add cages, nuts, bolts etc but the residual chronic pain is not usually their worry cuz according to them you're fixed.
    But., I did have residual pain, I.e. In the shoulder, down the arm, numbness in fingers, pain with the clicking in neck etc. And with the L3/4 surgeries he again says I'm fine but, I have tingling & often pain down my leg into my foot. Nerve pain which hurts so much & hard to describe.
    I finally started looking for some kind of help myself. Help for my chronic pain. I found quite a bit of information but better yet I found a chronic pain support group. With real people in person. Not like this site. I'm not knocking this site. It's great to reach out & get some support & answers. Knowing you're not losing it or that your pain isn't real. I've used this site to help me many times & am very grateful for it.
    I might suggest you seek a pain specialist. Get some help with your chronic pain. Here in Vancouver Canada they happen to have several ways to assist with chronic pain & there seems to be more resources the more I look into it. I do know that Dr's are just now recognizing chronic pain & that it's real.
    So please know that you have sport on this site. You're not losing it & if the MRI shows nothing & you're confident with that answer please look for chronic pain help/support in your area.
    Look into radio-frequency, or IMS (inter muscular stimulation) those helped me. And find out if there's any free support groups you can join. I'm not besties with my group but we manage to meet once a month for coffee & once a month for a more structured group talk. It really doesn't turn into a bitch session. It's just people helping people.
    I wish you all the best in health starting now!!
    And maybe try water therapy. I find that when I'm in the water I virtually don't feel my pain. Not swimming but water jogging!
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