My husband suffered a C5/C6 herniated disc in February this year. After 12 weeks in a full cervical collar he was told that it would never heal due to the severity of the disc. Compression. He had surgery to replace the disc and a plate inserted in April 15.
Since surgery he has experienced chronic pain and is now taking more morphine than pre-surgery. Although the pain down his arm (caused by the nerve compression) has been relieved. He still has numbness in 3 fingers and severe pain in the neck area with very little movement capability.
We are so worried that this is it for him now. He is self employed engineer and has pretty much resigned himself to not returning to his business due up daily tasks being too much for him.
He has seen his GP on several occasions for the pain and she has put him back on nerve meds also (gabapentin), however this has made no difference.
Please please someone help us to understand if this is normal? Life is so unfair