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C1/c2 neck fusion pain

KveidKKveid Posts: 21
edited 10/22/2014 - 7:13 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
good afternoon all,
my name is karen and i am from maryland. i am post op 7 weeks and am still in severe pain. i go for x-rays and doctor visit this coming friday. i am now on roxycodone, tramadol andmethocarbamol for spasms. i try to wait the suggested 6 hours in between doses but it is nearly impossible. i have never experienced pain as this in my life. i was a healthy 54 year old prior to this surgery. my emotions are all over the map with tears flowing quite often. i had recent blood work which found my liver enzymes high from all the acetemetaphyne (not sure of spelling). this is the hardest most painful situation i have ever been in. when should all the madness stop?




moderator input

it is normal to have flares of pain post op. what kind of surgery did you have? are you using ice or heat to help ease the inflammation and pain. i am not sure what tylenol you are talking about, because the medications you listed do not contain tylenol, unless you are taking it in addition to the current medications.

https://www.spine-health.com/forum/announcements/spine-health-announcements/welcome-spine-health-how-get-started

https://www.spine-health.com/treatment/back-surgery/practical-advice-recovering-back-surgery
https://www.spine-health.com/treatment/back-surgery/rehabilitation-after-spine-surgery
https://www.spine-health.com/blog/prepare-your-home-post-op-recovery
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  • I had C1/C2 neck fusion 7 weeks ago and yes the meds I am on now do not have the Tylenol in them but I was on oxycodone for 10 weeks @ 10 mg four times a day, they changed to the roxicidone after blood work results. I know pain was expected but to still be in severe pain 7 weeks later is discouraging.
  • Not to mention that you could have residual pain forever. I am almost a year in and I am still dealing with pain
    Realize that FEAR is our worst enemy. Get up & get out in that stormy weather of the real world & kick fear in the teeth. Stare at it dead in the eyes & walk right through it into the storm; because once you're wet, you won’t fear the rain anymore
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  • Really appreciate your comments, all information that I learned on here has been extremely helpful. I knew that it was not a fix for pain, I am really in way more pain than before. I did not realize the 12 week period, I was just at doctors yesterday and he does not tell me anything like that. He did however suggest that I see a pain management doctor. It has been quite a ride with him even though he came highly recommended. I keep my faith and pray often for a break from the pain. Thanks again, truly appreciate all input.
  • Along with the fusion my doctor also performed a bilateral c2 rhizotomy. This has made my entire back of my head numb, though the surface is numb, I am experiencing horrible pressure/burning sensations there. The pressure makes it impossible to lay on my back and rest my head. Is this normal or should I be concerned?
  • Doug HellDoug Hell Posts: 332
    edited 11/03/2014 - 1:57 AM
    there is a less than 5% chance that you may have increased nerve pain following this procedure for 1-3 months. this may include skin sensitivity or a sunburn sensation. it is treated with specific medications and usually resolves within several months. increased nerve pain apparently is very common and to be expected following rhizotomy at the c2 level of the neck. symptoms include burning, itching and surface sensitivity in the skin behind the ear and base of the skull. these symptoms usually resolve within a month or so.

    https://www.spine-health.com/forum/treatment/pain-management/post-rhizotomy-pain-duration

    https://www.spine-health.com/forum/pain/neck-pain-cervical/cervical-rhizotomy

    https://www.spine-health.com/forum/treatment/pain-management/post-rhizotomy-pain-duration

    https://www.spine-health.com/forum/treatment/spinal-injections/10-days-post-rhizotomyin-excruciating-pain
    Realize that FEAR is our worst enemy. Get up & get out in that stormy weather of the real world & kick fear in the teeth. Stare at it dead in the eyes & walk right through it into the storm; because once you're wet, you won’t fear the rain anymore
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  • Realize that FEAR is our worst enemy. Get up & get out in that stormy weather of the real world & kick fear in the teeth. Stare at it dead in the eyes & walk right through it into the storm; because once you're wet, you won’t fear the rain anymore
  • Kveid,
    How are you doing with the pain now?
  • How much better does it get? That's the magical question we all want answered. The answer is that it's the same process but with very different circumstances and different outcomes as everyone is different. I'm managing my pain and it is better but that isn't always the case for everyone. Take Docs orders serious and it would be a very good idea for you to see a pain management Doctor. It can take time to get in (I've heard as much as several months from others) so bare that in mind when the time comes. Wishing everyone well as always.

    -DOUG-
    Realize that FEAR is our worst enemy. Get up & get out in that stormy weather of the real world & kick fear in the teeth. Stare at it dead in the eyes & walk right through it into the storm; because once you're wet, you won’t fear the rain anymore
  • head numbness and burning sensations are very normal.
    Realize that FEAR is our worst enemy. Get up & get out in that stormy weather of the real world & kick fear in the teeth. Stare at it dead in the eyes & walk right through it into the storm; because once you're wet, you won’t fear the rain anymore
  • KveidKKveid Posts: 21
    edited 12/01/2014 - 8:45 PM
    Thanks for asking Michk, it has now been 13 weeks since surgery and I am starting to feel a little better. I have started to take Galbeton for nerve pain and it has been a miracle. Other than making me tired it has helped a great deal with the burning and pressure feelings in my head. I also am now on lexapro for panic attacks, the surgery has really taken a toll on me mentally. With medication, I amfeelinv better this past week and I am starting to think I will be back to me sometime. How are you both doing these days?
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