I've been seeing a lot of posts about failed fusions and mine isn't looking too great atthe moment. I am 8 months out of ACDF C5/6 and not totally fused. I have a CT scan scheduled for September 3rd (my birthday maybe that will bring good luck). Do they usually schedule a second surgery if it does not fuse. I am having a lot of pain, and right now it is worse than before surgery. Having a lot more neuro symptoms as well. Tingling and numbness in fingers. Pain radiating down my left arm and into my hand....headaches....just a lot of stuff I didn't have right after surgery. Any comments or suggestions would be welcome. The Neuro did refer me to a pain specialist and we are working on finding a good combination of meds that will at least keep the pain at a level where I can function and work. Example of how sensitive my neck is right now. I work at an offie job and my monitor for my computer went out so I had to use my laptop monitor which had me looking to the right for about 2 hours. This was enough to set the muscles in my neck off and I was miserable (even taking Vicodin and Flexeril) for several days until things settled down. Right now typing this, I am feeling pain radiating down my right arm from my neck to my fingers. Any thoughts or suggestions?
Tue, 08/19/2008 - 10:27am#1
Ramifications of Failed Fusion