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ACDF post 3 months good news bad news
I had an acdf level C5-7 in beginning of June..Immediately, the good news is the numbness in my arms went away..Unfortunately the nerve pain has remained, intensely in my shoulder, upper arm, and elbow..I also had a central cord injury from the initial accident..I see my NS in October...i am worried about the outcomes with the nerve pain..Am I being impatient as I know these surgeries take months for the nerves to "calm" down..I am still taking oxycodone 5mg at least 4 times a day and 1800 mg of gabapentin...I worry that they will say it is time for no more meds...i am working full time since beginning of August and it is a daily struggle...I could not go to work today as the pain was too bad..I feel that no one understands and that because I had the surgery, I should be up and running as usual..my family just doesn't understand and I feel so alone with my pain...I am on antidepressants but I just can't get out of this funk..I'm really tired...thanks for listening..Amy