I’m know I’m not the first to post this, but I’m hoping I can get some new perspective on this. Some background, I had been in a few auto accidents 20 years ago, rear ended, hit on the side, none my fault and none caused any more than disc hernaitions that got better over time but always caused flares of chronic pain over the years. 7 months ago, I woke up in the worst pain ever, I could barely move and my left arm was completely numb, it slowly began to tingle horribly and twitch. I knew something was seriously wrong and had an MRI that showed disc herniations from C3 – C7. The doctors told me not to wait until the end of the summer to have surgery, I had it this last May, 8 weeks ago. Had I not have surgery the herniation’s would have made me paralyzed. I did a lot of research to see if I could get ADR surgery and I just couldn’t get it for 3 levels in my state. I had an ACDF from C4-C7, 4 months from when the extreme pain began. After the surgery, I woke up feeling the lump of pain in the back of my neck gone as well as the numbness and tingling in my shoulder and arm. The weakness has been slowly getting better over time.
I had stiffness pain and some headaches from the collar but thought it would resolve soon after weaning out of it 2 weeks ago. I now have NEW pain I did not have before the surgery, constant headaches, and some tingling around both ears. The small disc herniation C3/C4 was left alone and I’m starting to think it may have become bigger causing nerve pain. At my 6-week visit I was told I could start to wean off the collar and that my x-rays looked great and I have strong bones. The PA mentioned your neck may hurt as your changing to no collar but putting it back on doesn’t even help, or the pain meds!
They don’t want me to start PT until mid August. I don’t know what to do to help this head pain and tingling. Plus I feel a thoracic disc has become much worse. Recently the tingling has become so bad it feels like someone is forcefully running their nails over that part of my back. My arm would feel the same intensity of tingling and twitching right before my surgery.
I’m hoping to hear some people tell me they had the same experience and now they feel fine. I’m hoping that even if the discs got worse they can resolve themselves. I want to ask for an MRI at my next visit in two weeks but the situation is driving me a bit crazy. Anyone have some advice or hope of it getting better? Is it normal to have new pain and feel worse before you can feel better?