A necessary (not optional) cervical fusion left me in excruciating pain in 2005. I was told after 2 years, that I had had "nerve damage" during the surgery, waking up with extreme pain from a cervical fusion is evidently the main symptom that something went wrong in the surgery, as a successful cervical fusion leaves the patient feeling better immediately. I waited six more years, and went for a complete re evaluation at the xxxxx, where I was given the round of MRi, etc, and a special x ray, which indicated that the ROOT of the nerve that had been operated on already had been crushed. It is beneath the metal plate, and I was told that nerve root damage is not operable, as the root consists of microscopic fibers attached to the spinal column.
I live in pain daily, and must take medication. Even with this, my range of motion is extremely limited, my scapulas hurt and are pulled down by my arms, which keeps me in a reclining position in bed most days to relieve the pain. I do not sit in a chair comfortably. I do not stand in one place. I can walk.
I was told , other than a pain implant, which is risky, there is nothing I can do to improve this situation. It has been ten years, and I have tried everything. Some Drs. have said that the near future may find stem cell therapies helpful.
Does anyone knowledgeable have any further information regarding root crushed by clamping too high during a cervical fusion?
Root damage in general is very different than nerve damage. Please comment if you can be helpful.
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