I am new here but have been reading posts since about a month before I actually had surgery on March 9, 2009. I am 29, married with two kids. I will try to make a long story short. I fell back in August 08 and that is when all my pain really kicked in. I was sent to an orthopedic because I was having a lot of pain in my arm/shoulder and they thought I could have injured my rotator cuff, pain meds and PT for a few months were prescribed. When the pain would not go away and kept getting worse I was referred to an arthritis specialist, who was awesome because he instantly knew it was my neck I was finally referred to an NS, thank goodness. I was told I had severly herniated C5&6, which the NS said was not from falling, that just made it worse, he said it was degenerative. I was miserable, I had intense pain in my shoulder and arm and my fingers would get really numb and tingly to where I could hardly hold things. Anyway needless to say I had ACDF 3/9/09 and my arm pain and numbness were totally gone the moment I woke from surgery. But now I am having a lot of pain post-op. I do not in any way regret having it done, I just wish I knew why I am in pain. I have a horrible burning pain on the right side all the way up my neck and on the top of my shoulder (not sure what muscle that is) and have been having a lot of pain in between my shoulder blades and in the middle of my back, which I did not have before the surgery. I just started back to work on 4/13/09, I have a desk job, and by the end of the day I am absolutely miserable from pain. The NS had me on Percocet for the first few weeks and now just has me on Norco, which is pretty much doing nothing. I am normally a pretty active person and this is driving me crazy because I can not hardly do anything anymore, either because of the pain or because I just get worn out quickly. I coach my sons soccer team and by the time practice is over I just want to pass out. Is this normal 7 weeks post op? I know it is a long healing process and I keep telling myself that but I am just getting frustrated! I am waiting for a retun call back from the NS to see if I need to come back in or what to do. My husband is very supportive but he does not understand the pain I am going through so it is hard to try and talk to him about it when he has not gone through it.
Also this site has been very helpful so thanks to all who post!