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Still in pain after5 mos post acdf

Hello everyone. I had an acdf in 1/13. I had 4 disc fused. Tried everything prior to do so. Did the surgery and I am still in pain and discomfort. Had 2 emgs done. Both dr said different things lol. Then. Went on to do an MRI. Got the results back this past Friday. the disc above the fusion site is now herniated. Two of the disc fused are still showing buldges. I'm very frustrated,depressed , and sadden to think what's next ???? I have pain and numbness down both arms. I am now getting back the terrible headaches I had prior to the surgery. I get twitches In my arms that was observed by the emg dr. my grip is terrible. I've dropped coffee numerous times. And feel uncomfortable writing , not to mention the ache and numbness in both hands. . My neck doesn't rotate well to the right so driving is scary. Looking up is a nightmare. The pain on my shoulders and shoulder blades is driving me cazy !!! I've had therapy since 2/2013. My therapist is awesome but she too feels I've shown very little change. I'm being told that when I see my surgeon he will probably wanna do surgery again. What shouldi do next ??? And does anyone know or experience similar issues ??? Please help.


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • What did the two doctors say that differed?
    7 failed lumbar surgeries L3-L4-L5-S1 posterior and anterior, broken screw, Failed ACDF C5-C6-C7
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