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I can't take this pain anymore

sukieessukiee Posts: 37
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hello Everyone,
I had an ACDF on C6/7 in 2006. Since 2007, the pain has returned. It's been on and off since then. Recently, it has gotten worse. I've been having neck pain, sometimes it's a burning sensation, the pain would radiate in my shoulders down my left arm and lower back. Also pain and numbness down my left leg and a new symptom, numbness in my fingers on both hands. I used to exercise every morning. I haven't been able to exercise for 2 weeks because the pain was so bad.I miss exercising and now I've gained weight that I worked so hard to lose. :( I tried pilates on Tuesday. The next day, I was in a lot of pain. I'm now having pain on a daily basis. I take tramadol and flexeril. It takes the edge of for a few hours and it comes right back. I do stretches and take hot baths. I have a massage cushion that has heat that I use on a daily basis. Now I'm waking up in pain. I have a low tolerance for pain and it's unbearable. There are times I feel myself getting depressed but I pull myself out of it. I try to stay strong by praying and reading God's word. Without God in my heart, I would fall to pieces. I'm not perfect. The support of family helps me also. That's why I come to this site to read that other people are going through the same thing if not worst. Let's keep each other lifted up and offer encouragement. It's what keeps us going. Thank you for your input and sorry so long. I had to release this burden that I've been carrying.


  • Sorry you feeling so bad. Maybe try geting the tramadol time releise they told me that lasts longer while i was taking t with my norco. You only have to take it once a day and you can take other pain meds with it. When pain med wears off i guess the tramadol time releise keeps it working. Just a thought of course what do i know. I am in pain also so of course just a shot in the dark here. Hope you feel beter soon,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • Sorry to hear your pain is ramping up. Have you seen a spine specialist to find out what changed/is going on? Pain pills are fine, but the 'reason' is something you need to find out.

    Hopefully it is just a flare due to maybe over exercising or something. Fingers crossed that you find relief, or the pain backs down.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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  • Here's hoping you feel better soon. Lord knows we understand where you're coming from......hang in there! :-)

  • Thanks for your replies. It's good to know that I can get through this with the care and support of others. I pray that all of you will continue to be strong in the midst of the storms. :)))
  • Have you let your Dr. know what's going on as you may need x-rays or a CT scan. I have neck pain and started taking Lyrica for nerve pain just a small dose and it seems to be helping. I hope this flare up is short lived for you. Take care and praying you feel better. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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  • It might be good for you to get your pain checked out, and help get your pain under control. Pilates can be a bit rough. Have you ever tried aqua classes - the water is much gentler than "on land" exercises? You can still get a work out and be gentler on your body. Maybe you could try that when you're up to it.

    Take care,

    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
  • Same here about God, he has really help me through this and everyday little by little I feel better. This is a rough situation since it involves the nerves. For me the pain is not as bad as the function of the nerves. My prayers are with all here who suffer. May we all get relief from this.
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