I was very happy to find this site after my surgery, because its nice to see other people dealing with some of the same issues I have.
I am a 41 year old male, and I had C-5 to C-7 Anterior fusion with hardware on September 26. I spent 2.5 days in hospital after surgery, and have been wearing a Miami J hard collar 24 hours a day (except for when in the shower) every day. I was told I would wear it for 6 weeks, which will be my next follow up.
I had T-7 to T-8 fusion surgery in 2003, and it was a great success. I was back at work 4 weeks after surgery, and the pain I felt was gone as soon as I woke up from surgery.
In recent years, I have had a lot of back, neck and shoulder pain, especially muscle spasms and knotted muscles in my traps and neck. You can literally see a "knot" on top of my traps, and very sharp pain going down my right shoulder and into my finger tips. I have managed this pain with constant trips to the chiropractor for the last 3 years, but she finally said that I needed to see an Orthopaedic Dr, because she suspected I had disc issues around C-5.
After my recent visit to the surgeon, I found out she was right. The MRI showed the discs from C5 to C7 were gone, as well as several severe bone spurs that were putting pressure on the spine. I was in surgery a few days later. I thought all went well, but at 4.5 weeks post op, I am still in a lot of pain.
The pain in my right shoulder is much worse now than prior to the surgery. At my 2 week follow up my doctor shot up my shoulder with steroids, but that did not help.
However, my biggest concern, and question for those here on this forum, is why do I have severe right side chest pain (upon touch) and similar pain in my right lat muscle?? My chest does not hurt until you push in on it, but the pain is so severe that if someone were to grab my right pectoral muscle and squeeze it hard, I would probably pass out from pain.
I have been reading this forum for the first time today, and I did not see this symptom listed by anyone else, so I am curious if this is common. Since my surgery, my eyesight has also been affected, and I cannot read for long periods without getting a headache, so I am at the point now where I am tired of searching for answers. Any help or suggestions on the chest/lat pain would be helpful.
The pain in my shoulder has me very depressed, so seeing that I am not alone with this is very helpful. Now I just need to get some answers/suggestions on my chest and lat pain before I go back for my follow up.
Thanks so much,