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Five months post-op: still have neck pain...

dbullwinkelddbullwinkel Posts: 224
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:26 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
December 31st will be five months since my surgery..it has been an up and down recovery..
This is where I stand now and would love some input from others who have been there!
arm pain and numbness is totally gone!
neck pain is still there..it seemed to go away for a while; came back bad. New MRI checking for psuedo-arthritis was fine (everything is in place!)..shoulder MRI showed calcification tendonitis and tears in rotator cuff. Doctor gave me a cortisone shot and I started PT for my shoulder. Stopped for neck since I was doing core exercises which lead to shoulder problem!
I need to take pain meds 2-3 times a day (ultracet) otherwise pain is so bad I can't function. I am beginning to get hives, which also happened on percocet..
I see the doctor January 2nd to discuss return to work. I really want to go to work, but my position is physical (and mentally) challenging.
I have returned to doing things I did before except grocery shopping (too hard to push cart and carry bags) Seems to me as I increased my activity level, the pain got worse. I walk daily which I think helps me alot.
I am confused: my doctor attributed the return in pain to the shoulder..how do you tell if this is still recovery pain or from another injury or if this is as good as it gets???
Sorry this is so long!


  • So sorry you are still having pain. I know you want to go back to school, I am sure its not the same without you there. I want to go back too. I hope this doctor figures something out for you next week.

  • I think I may have figured something out...I took ultracet and skelaxin at bedtime last nite: woke this morning feeling much better..mornings have been horenous..so maybe by taking meds before bed, I will be able to function better in the morning. I still don't know why I have so much pain at this point though. and after taking ultracet regularly I get the "itchies" all over...so will ask doctor about other meds as well.

    How are you doing? Hope you are feeling a bit better! How is PT going?

    I know you want to get back to school as well. I am kinda not excited about it though, because it won't feel like my class at all this year: I will be team teaching (which I really don't like) and the class is up and running..so it won't feel like "home" to me...but I will do what I can to make it through the year (if I ever get there!)

    Let me know how you are!

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