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Tired of the pain and noone seems to understand
Hello, I started having pain in my lower back and neck aroung fall of '06. I pretty much dealt with it as best I could, never been one to go to a Dr and never took meds for anything UNTIL, Feb, '08 started having constant headaches, pain in neck, Right Shoulder, numb and tingling fingers in right hand. Lower back continued to cause problems but nothing like my neck pain. Tried medication, PT, followed OS orders to a T. No relief. MRI showed moderate herniation C6-C7 along with congenital spinal stenosis and according to OS I should have ACDF using a cage. After much deliberation at home and with local friends who have had this procedure I decided to go for it (1st mistake) and hopefully get back to life. After first surgery 06-08 I did fairly well for about 5 weeks. Then all the symptoms returned with a vengence. I returned to the OS and talked with him about the recurring headaches, neck pain and shooting pain down through my right arm. He told me in his ten years of practice he never had anyone have another problem this quick after surgery, and it is usually 8-10 years later if any. I continued to have problems and after approx. 2 months I finally talked him into getting another MRI. It showed a larger herniation C5-C6 than the first. He was shocked, I wasn't just aggravated, and he highly recommended another ACDF. I listened to him and second ACDF C5-C6 (10-27-08). Did fairly well and returned to work on 12-31-08. I wore the soft collar from day of first ACDF until 12-31-08. Then I only wore it at work as directed by OS. Well here I am again and the pain is back except this time it is in both shoulders (mostly right) and down to my right hand. Lower back is bothersome but I was able to deal with it until my neck started again. The two of them coupled together are almost unbearable at times. I recently had a CT Myelogram and it showed Bone spurs, and thankfully no herniations in my neck but the pain is back as bad if not a little worse than before surgery. PM doc thinks it is due to the congenital spinal stenosis leaves no room for any abnormalities other than my spinal cord and scar tissue from prior ACDF's. Now to top it all off I just lost my job. Fortunately My insurance is through my wifes employer but the lose of income in todays economy is devastating. Is there anyone out there who has had similiar problems. All comments would be appreciated.
Sorry for the long post but I kinda needed to vent, even though I have a very supportive family I just don't feel like they understand as well as someone who has been there.