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5 1/2 months post op

kimmeamkkimmeam Posts: 149
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:27 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I am now about 5 1/2 months post op acdf c 5/6. I have complained all along about not getting better but worse. My surgeon transferred my care to another Dr. I thought he was a PM but is not.-( He is the one that originally referred me to the surgeon with concerns of the c 3/4 disc after reading the MRI & doing the nerve tests.)- The surgeon told me that he did not know why I am only feeling worse as he fixed my neck.

I saw my new Dr. He is very concerned as the 3/4 disc is what he believes still causing my problems. He said that he will refer me to 2 surgeons to see what they have to say. In the meantime he will do an epidural injection to my neck. Now when I first saw him in May 2008 he didn't think that an injection would help at all giving the length of time with the symptoms getting worse, about 2 1/2 years before I saught help.

I do not know much at all about these injections. He told me side effects & so on but I really do not remember. The onkly thing that sticks out in my mind is a migrane. I am looking for some insight, please. Does this shot hurt? He told me that I will have to go home & rest. But what about the following day? Will I be able to go to work? I work in a very busy & hectic Optometrist office. I am the only one there except for the Dr. Will I need to have his asst. in his other office work for me the following day? Or days? :?

I am so wanting this to end. I feel so mislead & hurt by my surgeon. Is this shot worth it? Are there any good experiences with it?

Sorry for the long ramble. It seems like I always do.
Thank you all for all of your advice & kind words!

Kim >:D<


  • MetalneckMetalneck The Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,786
    With an orthopedic surgeon? I would press your Dr(s) for a definative diagnosis ... a "problem with your 3/4 disc" doesn't sound all that convincing.

    In my experience Epidural Steriod Injections are basically a "shot in the dark" ... you maybe lucky and they may give some temporary relief but are in no way a permenant solution. It is not at all unusual to get herniations at other levels of you C-spine post an ACDF .... Thats what happened to me ...

    I had a 3 level anterior plate only that then caused another level to herniate .... I now have a 4 level fusion and I am still better off than before my first .... or my second surgery(s).

    Push for a definative diagnosis ... or push your self to another doctor or two or three or ? untill one or two of them agree on what is wrong. Then consider what treatment is best.

  • The problems with the 3/4 disc was that it was compresing on the spine. That was why I was referred to the surgeon.
    The surgeon elected to do the 5/6. Why?

    Thank you! Yes, I will push for more answers.

    Thank you!
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  • I'm sorry you're in so much pain...same as me! I have had many ESIs prior to my ACDF on 11/03/08. I have to have a "happy" pill or two just prior to the procedure & I'm fine. It takes about 20 min or so for them to complete, and you may be a little uncomfortable, but they do numb the area beforehand. This injection takes me about 3wks or 1 month to feel the effects, which last about 2 months. (Everyone is different) It is definitely only a temporary fix...no long term solution. You can work the next day, no problem. They usually like a call & the clinic to tell them you are feeling ok. I just had one for my lumbar spine 3 weeks ago-still no pain relief..
    Hope this helps you!
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