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Chronic pain

Lorib12LLorib12 Posts: 2
edited 09/07/2015 - 4:21 PM in New Member Introductions
I'm new to this site and wanted to say hi. My names Lori, and I've lived with chronic pain (and the lovely side effects) for 15+ years. After all conservative treatments were attempted, several over and over, I conceded to multiple level cervical fusion surgery. I had my "regular" orthopedic spinal specialist and also a neurosurgeon that I consulted with. Both gave me a success from surgery percentage, one 60% chance of correction, the other a 30%. Yikes, hated these odds, especially when the chance of actually worsening my physical condition was cited by both doctors. I elected to obtain a 3rd opinion, seeking out a renowned sports spinal surgeon. The hallways of the clinic lined with signed pro/college jerseys, giving thanks to the numerous specialists! The odds from this doctor? 90% success! Textbook for fusion. Well, it was a failed fusion. And it came as a surprise. I had surgery for DDD, Spurs, all the classics reasons. Where mine differed if I had a straight neck prior to surgery and this complicated the procedure. Of the two levels fused, C6/7 didn't fuse and C5/6 did fuse but the bone grafts used caused my neck to fall forward and fuse with almost curving forward structure. My neck is structurally worse, causing chronic and continuous spasms and pain. My neurosurgeon gave his condolences for the fact that I'll forever have pain, spasms, etc... Revision surgery is not an option due to the compromised structural integrity of my neck. So are there any others out there that are experiencing this?

Welcome to Spine-Health

It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,

Here are some questions that you should answer:
  • - When did this first start?- Was it the result of an accident or trauma?- What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)- What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?- What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)- What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)- Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)- Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?- What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?

Providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
of your situation and make it easier to respond.

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  • - Analysis or interpretation of any diagnostic test (ie MRI, CTscan, Xray, etc)- Medical advice of any kind- Recommendations in terms of Medications, Treatments, Exercises, etc

What could be good for someone could spell disaster for another.
You should also consult your doctor to better understand your condition and the do’s and don’t’s.

It is very important that new members (or even seasoned members) provide others with details about their condition(s). It is virtually impossible to help another member when all the details we have are
I’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?

Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways its like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then its up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.

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