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pain following surgery to resect cervical schwannoma tumour

In June 2010 I had a MRI for pain in my lower back and a niggly pain in my upper right arm. It was discovered I have a schwannoma tumour at C4-5-6, and my spinal cord was servely compromised. I was bookd in for surgeryl within one week.
Following complete resection of the tumour and subsequent MRI x 2, I was told the tumour had been completely removed and no new tumours were found.
However since this 'major' surgery I have now developed severe pain across my back at shoulder blade level, also in my arms and neck. I have been seen by Pain Management clinics who just say that the tumour must have caused nerve damage. I have tried many medications but as they make me sleepy I am reluctant to take them as I am single parent with a child to care for.
I am struggling mainly whilst sitting and sleeping, no repositioning seems to help. I am becoming exhausted with the whole thing, although I do know if the tumour had not been discovered and resected I would not be here. So that is my one thing I am grateful for.
HAs anyone experienced this type of pain?


  • What medication were you given ! And what 1 can you take that dont cause you to get sleepy ?
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • rawtanirrawtani Posts: 1
    edited 08/06/2015 - 9:23 AM
    hi lijo,

    i see its been over 2 years since you posted this. i am having the same operation in about 1-2 weeks. your post has me a bit worried. how are things with you now? did you get relief? did things work out and if so how? please let me know thanks.

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  • I had a schwannoma removed 4 weeks ago, I had a T3-4 laminectomy excision. I spent 4 days at the hospital after op, the pain was controlled at he hospital. I took percocet for 3 weeks, I asked the surgeon for more pain meds he said I could take advil, my pain is still on I went back to the methadone I was taking before surgery but I am still in pain, my pain is worse now (4 weeks after op) than before. I asked the surgeon for an MRI he said the only thing it will show is inflammation he said he will order one in 6 mo, he sent me for physical therapy but I have not started yet.
    The pain is on the left side of my back and the surgery was on the right side. I am able to walk fine, but I cant stand for long time
    Anyone in the forum had the same surgery that I did, how was your recovering, r u in pain now. Please share your experience.I am a 53 yo male
    Have u seen a phisio, should I see one.
    Thank you
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