After 4 months of suffereing, 2 steroid epidurals and a ridiculous amount of medications I decided to have the cervical disc surgery to remove a herniated disc at the C5-C-6 level (single level) and bone spurs on the nerve.
The surgery went well, and I am now 3 weeks post op. At the first post-op exam, the dr said the fusion seems to be healing well. I am a teacher, and I am missing valuable instruction time, so I am in a hurry to go back to work (next week) which is only 3 1/2 weeks after surgery.
~X( I am sure that I am probably up and doing more than I should, and I am taking less pain medicine so I won't have to take much while I am at school.
To make a long story longer here is my problem. In the past two days I have had neck and shoulder pain on the right side of my body. (Original problem was left.) My doctor is right handed so he went in through the right side.
The pain in my right shoulder feels like my left did several months ago. A dull throbbing ache in my shoulder and some radiating pain in my right arm and palm.
I am wondering if maybe my stirring around and increase in activity has done some damage. If it persists I will have to call my doctor (who will likely tell me to stay out the whole 6 weeks) I don't see him again for another 2 weeks.
Has anyone who has had a bone graft spinal fusion at this level develop radicular pain in the opposite arm? Any advice appreiated. (I am taking Lortab 15mg for pain, and zanaflex or flexaril for spasms)