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neck pain after c4,5 and 6 fusion

Accident may 20, 2008. Cervial operation because of numbness and tingling in left arm. Doctor told me after the operation I would feel like a new man. He forgot to say "after operation you will feel like a new man and in some kind of pain for the next 5 years. Really am at my wits end. I have yet to have 30 d1 days in a row without some kind of horrific pain. If I didn't have a family, wife, 2 children, 5 grandchildren, sister, brother, and mother I have no doubt in my mind I would have commited suicide. Even given my family there's been more than once I thought about it.
Harry L. Johnson


  • Hi John,
    What does your doctor say about the pain? Are you taking any pain meds? Unfortunately, I have found after 5 cervical surgeries, that the pain can persist. I do manage it with pain meds, muscle relaxers and physical therapy. The depression is another thing altogether. I urge you to speak with your doctor about your situation. Not your surgeon because he is done with you. But if you have a good primary care doc, he/she will refer you to a pain clinic. Hang in there! :)
  • LizLiz Posts: 8,835
    edited 05/26/2013 - 9:04 PM
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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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  • Gosh, you are brave to express your feelings on this. I know it's not easy to do so. I hope this site will let you know you are not alone. It's tougher when you are a husband, a father of 2, a grand daddy of 5, a son to your mom, a brother to your sister and a brother to your brother. Heck, I had a pet to live for when it began with me. She is the one who kept me going at that time.

    I like to think that most doctors do their best with the schooling they have done. What I am hoping to express is they are not always right and that the surgery did what benifited your spine as much as the wanted. PM me please. There are rules on Spine Health and I do not want to overstep their rules as I have been told indirectly that I have. In other words it has nothing to do with you or your post and you expressing yourself. Not at all!! I am simply wanting to stay withing the lines on SH. So back to your thread...

    John, you are not alone! I have felt like taking my life many times. Long story short, my sister kept me going.

    Feel free to PM me. Cervical spine is interesting

    I hope you are feeling less pain etc


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