Had Lumbar Spine Fusion & decompression L-2 thru L-5 done 9/21/2015. Surgery went well at a well know NY Orthopedic hospital with a well known surgeon. I was very pleased and found it to be a very good surgical experience. After C-mas I had a terrible stiff neck that took days to get rid of...since then I have had pins and needles & numbness in my right shoulder, arm, hand and fingers , it comes and goes but happens quite often...one finger stays numb. Happens on left side as well, but not as much.
My Internist suggested an MRI of my upper back before my New York Doctors visit so the specialist could take a look.
Yesterday was my appointment & he said my upper back has problems & was very surprised I have not had issues before this,
He now wants a CT scan...visit to Neuro and then back to him. I asked about PT...shots etc. and he seems to think nothing will correct it except surgery because my problem is "structural" with bulging discs,stenosis & endplate edema . He wants the CT to confirm a few things, but feels PT would hurt it & anything else would not help.
The good news is that my lumbar surgery is healing well & I am ready for PT on that part of my spine. A friend asked, could it be from the first surgery but after checking that out, it seems that can happen but after several years not right away.
Today I am so confused....to have to go through all that again?...don't know if I can, I hear that Cervical is worse than Lumbar.
Looking for someone who has had similar experience and/or some feedback.