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C5/C6 disk replacement and plate

SindersSSinders Posts: 1
edited 09/01/2015 - 9:08 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical

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

Many thanks



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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    You mentioned your GP prescribed nerve meds.
    Has it ever been suggested to see pain management doctor?

    I did not have surgery, not a candidate, but severe pain, and my primary doctor tried working with me about two years before saying she was referring me to pain management.
    Best thing to happen to me! He immediately prescribed medication and treatments and has kept me out of the ER for the out of control pain.

    Has he had any follow up MRIs, testing, EMG? I don't know, but just a thought.
    As you know, we are not medical professionals here and only can relate with shared experiences.

    This must be difficult for you, also. I know. Don't forget to take care of yourself and your own general health.
    Also, sometimes when helping others, we may forget to keep ourselves aligned and not to lift or twist past our strength or comfort level.
    I think our spine's health is important for everyone! You know, like," an ounce of prevention......".

    Please keep us posted!
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    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

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  • Humboldt JameHHumboldt Jame Posts: 1
    edited 09/26/2015 - 6:03 AM
    i have had impinged nerves that have resolve post surgery but it takes a long time due to the fact that nerves repair themselves about a millimeter a month according to my neurosurgeon. i have found that to be true. it did take a long time for me to see a reduction in pain, numbness.

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