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Need help managing arm/ shoulder painq

I had an l5/s1 fusion in June 2013 which was Thank G-d and my surgeon, 100% successful.
Since then I have had problems wth a bulging disc in my neck at c5/c6 and have had a couple of exacerbation s with some referred arm pain but now I am in real trouble.
It started about just over 2 weeks ago with some neck pain and referred pain down my arm. After a couple of days it suddenly got much worse and the pain in my shoulder and arm became excruciating and went into spasm. I had three sessions of physio which made it worse and I am now totally incapacitated, I can only walk a few steps before I go into spasm, I can only lie in a reclining chair with my neck supported at all times and I can't lift or hold anything in my right hand. I went to the dr and got Percocet, Valium and arcoxia to manage the pain, which it is, only just, and have an appointment with a neurosurgeon on oct 1st. In the meantime I am totally dependant on family and friends since any activity is excruciatingly painful. I would welcome some advice or support... Is anyone out there experiencing the same?


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    if the symptoms that you are describing are as bad as they sound, it might be wise to get into see the surgeon much sooner than oct. i would strongly suggest that you call the office and explain what you have said here and tell them that you need to be seen sooner, rather than later.
  • I had extreme neck pain, back pain, a jacked up shoulder, joint problems, you name it. I figured out that it's all caused by neglected muscles around our joints, hip and spine. Amazingly, neck and shoulder problems are caused by a bad posture. Bad posture is caused by a lifestyle of bad positions and neglected muscles around the hip and spine. Now if any of that pain ever even starts to surface I know exactly how to get rid of it and I usually do by the time I go to bed. There's a book on Amazon that details all this and how to overcome chronic pain, head to toe. It's called "Eliminating Pain: Your Guide to a Better Lifestyle." It explains everything. May you get better soon.
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