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two years after cervical discectomy

pj10128ppj10128 Posts: 4
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:00 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
So two years ago my right arm was becoming paralyzed. I had a double discectomy and fusion. It took about 6 months to start feeling like it was a success. But I have to say that this recovery is like a roller coaster ride and every few weeks I feel something different. Until last week I really felt stronger but now, I'm starting to have problems using my right arm in certain positions as it was prior to the procedure. I also get incredible headaches around the occipital bone. I've had a few injections that help for a little while but them I'm back taking 5mgs. of oxycodone. I actually feel guilty about taking this. I'm afraid of addiction and getting used to the low dose and having to increase it. I took Cynbalta for a whie which I think helped but it made me too verbally aggressive. I'm lucky I have a job LOL.
I'd really like to hear about other peoples experiences. When you try to talk to someone who has not experienced it, they do not have a clue.
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  • I am exactly 1 year post-op and although my pain is better, I still have pain. I was told that my pain is muscular, but my radiculopathy is sometimes worse than before surgery. The surgeon said that the surgery was a "success" because I'm fused and honestly, he couldn't wait to discharge me from his care. Oh, and scar tissue can build irritating nerves. After speaking with my physiatrist and PT, they "believe" my pain is a combination of spinal cord injury and muscular weakness. Unfortunately, PT will help and then pain will return. I really DO understand the roller coaster ride you are talking about!

    I am assuming that your pain is not nerve related since you are on narcotics? My nerve pain is very minimal, but the amount of muscular weakness and spasm is the worst! A friend who is a rheumatologist told me that muscle conditioning after ACDF can take up to 1.5 years. Well, I hope I am one of those people who fit into that category. You can PM me if you want to chat more. :)
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
  • Have you been seeing a neurologist for your occipital pain? I suffered from tremendous occipital pain for many years and for the longest time it was controlled via anti-seizure meds. I also had RFA done on the lessor and greater occipital nerves.

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