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saabgirl88ssaabgirl88 Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Long story short I had a cervical fusion surgery on April 14, 2010. I am six months out and in severe pain mainly down the back of my neck. I get migraines 3 to 4 times a week. The pain is so bad most days that I struggle to live a normal life. It is effecting my children and hubby. I am still on pain medication. I thought by now I would be better. I know from a xray that I am not fused so I am not sure if this is part of pain problem or not. I don't know, if you have any suggestions that would be great. Thank you!


  • maybe you should talk to your family doctor about your pain and he/she may prescribe some stronger pain killers .you could also try a TENS the acticare is a very good TENS
    hope this has helped you
  • Saabgirl,

    Have you mentioned this pain and related headaches to your surgeon yet? Hopefully they are resulting from spasms in your neck. Are you on any nerve pain medications? Lyrica, Nuerotrin(sp) etc.? I hope you find answers soon, and too relief. Support *HUG*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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  • Everyone's recovery is so different. I am actually two years out from mine. C5-6, C6-7. I have had major problems and unfortunately still have every pain I had prior to surgery and actually worse. Many recover very quickly but I have heard for any type of fusion it is not uncommon for it to take a year.
    Did you have the pain you are having prior to your surgery or is it different? It certainly would not hurt to consult your surgeon with a list of questions.
    I also suffered with the migraine pre-op and post-op. They are awful and my heart goes out to you. Makes it very difficult with little ones to take care of. If you are suffering from spasms as Straker said in his post perhaps a stronger pain med along with a good muscle relaxer. Fusions are certainly no walk in the park. Did you get any relief from the symptoms you were having prior to your surgery? Just wondering any problems with your voice or vocal cords?
    Best thing to do is to make an appt. with the dr. and ask him all your questions. We can give you our experiences and some of them I am sure you don't even want to hear as many of us have not had the best outcomes. But four months post op you certainly can still be experiencing pain. Best to be on the safe side and get checked out. You will feel better in the long run by doing so. I can tell you for sure I was still hurting at that point but as I have complications so as I said we all heal at differently. Good luck to and please keep us posted.
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