I had a ACDF C4-C6 6 weeks ago with a plate and 6 screws. I am a 31/F, have DDD, RA, and ulcerative colitis. I'd spent from May of 2010 until December 2010 with daily disabling headaches, little hand function (Couldn't button my 14 month old daughters shirt buttons), was diagnosed with Raynauds, feet turning blue daily, lack of muscle control in my arms, and my lungs collapsed twice. Not been the hottest year. Id had one herniated disc in December of 2008 and it healed itself so when I went back to my spinal doc in Dec of 2010 as a last resort and he showed me my MRI and pushed for surgery bc of cervical myleopathy, I was ecstatic to hear what I thought was a solution.
So, the day after the surgery, I felt amazing! No symptoms, was great. Stopped taking all meds (5/500 percocets 4xday and 350 somas 3x day) 2 weeks post surgery. All was bliss, until last week. Headaches returned, horrible spasms in my back, back on Soma's, which dont alleviate the pain, just make it tolerable and make me crazy tired.
I saw my surgeon yesterday for my 6 week post-op and all looks great he says. Gave me Rx for Soma's for another 2 months but seemed baffled that my symptoms were returning. Id tried acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathic, and nothing makes the headaches go away.
Should I look into nerve blocks or injections, or does anyone have any suggestions?
Thanks for reading.