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Pinched nerve from herniated disc

JennamxmomJJennamxmom Posts: 1
edited 09/12/2013 - 7:23 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am 39 and have severe pain in my shoulder and arm i had spinal fusion 3 years ago on levels 5 6 7 an have a two level plate that I am told needs to be replaced to account for the new herniation at c8 with my previous surgery I didn't have pain only numbness before surgery but this time I am in excruciating pain 24/7 I call it suicide pain because at times I feel like suicide would be the only relief my pain is in my shoulder and down my right arm no pain meds work ice doesn't work heat doesn't work massage doesn't work I have been living with this pain for 5 months now and I can no longer work my surgery is scheduled for oct. 9th still a month away I am wondering has anyone had this surgery and did the pain go away because like I said with my previous surgery I didn't have pain. Thank you to anyone who has any previous experience with this.


  • Hi Jennamxmom! First let me say I am sorry you are in so much pain. I totally understand what you mean by suicide pain! I too am going in for a C5-6 ACDF on Sept. 26. I have had to bouts of such extreme pain that I became hysterical crying and wanted to go to the ER. I didn't only because I have some Percocet from a previous surgery and took it. I am living on Vicodin and muscle relaxants so I can function. I had an steroid epidural in August, so I am a little better in handling the pain now. It is horrible, I know, because it never goes away. I also have the tingling and numbness going on too. My right hand was actually spasming which was really scary. Unless you are living with this, no one understands.

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