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Arm pain after c5c6 fusion

RbradowRRbradow Posts: 1
edited 08/03/2015 - 6:43 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hey guys,
10 years ago I suffered a blow to the top of my head. Was treated for a mild concussion and then started having arm pain. I dealt with it for almost 3 years before seeing Dr. Herniated disc Notes say 90% ??? Had surgery 3 days later.
Absolutely no relief since. My Spinal Surgeon who is well documented as being the best in the business got upset about the failure and referred me to a different spinal surgeon. After another set of MRI's revealed nothing is touching the nerve
I was sent to a Neurosurgeon after this that was associated with a Pain management Dr. and he said I have suffered damage to the nerve. He said it was probably because the disc laid on the nerve for so much for so long, and cut of a great deal of circulation. That's what we get for being tough when we can't afford a Dr's visit.
I have been getting by with Lortabs, and night time muscle relaxors to stop the spasms at night but after 4 years, they just don't cut it anymore.
Is there any hope? I have been recommended foe a neurostimulator but I am skeptic as I have heard of only "better" results, but not "great". It is very costly, my part would be over $5k
I am a Pastor and suffer thru Sundays as I lay off the drugs to have a clear mind.
Running out of hope here. Anyone with common experience or thoughts would be appreciated. Recommend a Dr, other procedure.
My wife endures a lot and I want to have quality of life again

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  • Hi, I had shoulder and arm pain on one side after cervical fusion. I thought it was unrelated to surgery until I went to physical therapy and after three sessions of stretching and muscle releases my arm pain is almost gone. I realize this sounds quite simple but it amazed me. Now vertigo has kicked in. I hope this isn't a continual issue. Good luck!
  • BlessedMom74BBlessedMom74 Posts: 322
    edited 08/09/2015 - 5:32 AM
    My NS told me the same thing. Because my nerve was compressed for so long it will take over a year to see if it will heal and I may only get 70% pain relief. I am 14 weeks post op ACDF of C4/5 and I am still having a lot of pain. The pain just changed from burning pain to deep ache pain in my shoulder blades and my neck just hurts all the time. I also still experience constant muscle spasms and my arms fatigue really quickly. I know I'm early in my recovery but I am beginning to feel a little hopeless and worried that pain will be all I know.
    It took me 19 months to get a proper diagnosis to my symptoms and pain so my nerve was compressed for almost 2 years.
    I still take 15 mg Percocet daily. Muscle relaxers don't seem to do much for me anymore. I have been on Flexeril for 2 years.
    I am researching other pain relief and muscle relaxers because I am tired of feeling like this. I am 41 and wake up every morning feeling like I'm an arthritic 90 year old. I used to be so active and athletic. It's sad to see how much I have physically deteriorated.
    I did try some stuff called Kratom which is legal in my state., it's related to the coffee plant . First time I took it I felt amazing. Clean clear headed energy most of the day, zero pain. But the next times I took it, I didn't have the same significant relief. I am researching CBD oil which in most states you don't need a medical marihuana card for because it has no THC and no "high" but I have researched and read it had anti-spasmodic qualities and is good for pain.
    I'll keep you posted, and if you come across anything please let me know. My husband has also been amazing through all of this, but I am sure he misses the old me.
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