Im almost 6 months out of my 2 level ACDF, and had a lot of nerve compression surgeon said.
My neck is doing really good at this point, a little stiff but feels stabile and most days pain free.
My left arm is a different story and that was the main reason I had surgery, to stop the nerve damage. After 2 epidurals recently the arm pain finally calmed down 2 weeks ago, and then boom a couple of days ago it was back. Today the pain has been insane and my Oxy's dont touch it a bit. Have switched over to Neurontin and ice now, but as soon as I move the arm just slightly, the stabbing, burning pain is there. Nerve pain absolutely stinks!
How freakin long is it gonna take for this arm to heal??? Im going nuts with the pain, and will loose my job if it dont turn around soon. Surgeon says Im almost fused and that they cleared out everything around the nerve at surgery. So why this ridiculous pain and weakness in the arm still? Before surgery 2 levels had nerve damage, but luckily surgery cured one level, those nerve symptoms are gone.
Anyone who has experienced the same type of recovery and can tell me that this is "normal"? The surgeon says wait and see, Im still healing. Pain clinic says injections and new EMG test. I know nerve regeneration takes a long time, but it was good for months after surgery and then all of a sudden just came back with a vengeance.
Anyone using Fentanyl patches for nerve pain? The only thing that helps a little is Neurontin/Lyrica and ice. I need to get back to work!
Cause: car accident & genetics
Effect: herniations C4-7, stenosis, osteoarthritis, myelopathy, neuropathy
Non-invasive Treatment: everything under the sun
Invasive Treatment: 2 level ACDF, C5 & C6, May 2012
Moving Forward: SCS