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Posted in: Chronic pain, Neck pain, and Surgery.

chronic neck pain with extreme burning across shoulders

Started by redpitbull on 03/11/2010 7:25pm

hope someone would know whats going on.i had 2 bones replaced in neck almost 1yr.ago.ortho surgeon fushed two in.it's been almost 1yr.an theres a place that has not fused yet,but no signs of screws working out or plate moving.but i was told there was nothing else they could do.i was also told when i first went,that surgery would fix this most intease burning an chronic pain in my neck.i still have the burning in shoulders an neck hurts just as bad if not worse.what i don't understand is ,yes i have two new bones,an yes i know i needed them,but the problem i went to the surgeon for is still there.i would love to know what is causing the intease burning an so much pain in my neck.thanks redpitbull

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I have read your message with sadness, it is almost the exact same story as mine. I had a neck fusion done 18 months ago and after the op spent 11 weeks in a hard neck brace 24/7 - this was difficult enough but the pain was worse after the surgery and my shoulder is burning now and screaming at me all day. The pain is so excruitiating and the burning drives me mad. i cannot sit for long periods or lie down in one position for too long as it starts to burn every time. Sometimes the nerves around the area go all tingly and other times my whole arm aches. I want to go for spinal injections or anything which may help me, i am desperate if anyone can help me with what to do please reply to us. I am not able to work now and my poor husband is having to handle everything, it would be very much appreciated if anyone could help me with what to do from now.

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Have you tried Pain Management? I am having similar problems about 22 months after c4-c7 ACDF. I have had two trigger point injections in the muscles that is what causes my burn. The last one was on this Monday. It has calmed the burning down quite a bit, but I am still experiencing a lot of aching in the shoulder area that is calmed down by ice and occassional pain killers. I am told the fusion is healed and the only thing they can do is fuse C3 because it has a broad herniation, but a second surgery is a higher risk 15% then the first. Plus you can have a stroke, paralysis of vocal cords, trouble swallowing, etc... from the second surgery. I definately didn't want to go through that again, so I am trying the trigger point injections. I still am not working and worry if I get a full time job am I going to be able to physically handle it? I know exactly how you feel. It is maddening.

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I had exact same sensations. 1st dr. wouldn't operate and 2nd surgeon only gave me a 50/50 chance of improvement. i feel like hell after the surgery (2 weeks out now) but my primary symptoms are bettter. Apparently non-radiating pain has a less successful out come not matter whether the disc is bulging, ruptured or whatever. i just couldn't live with the pain any longer, was rotting out my gut and kidneys with so many meds and am glad i found the surgeon that I did, even if he does have a horrible bedside manner. My disc was ruptured and abutted the spinal cord.

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I identify with all of you, I had my first fusion in 2000, to replace c2,3&4. 5 and 6 were fused in 2008 and 7 in 2009. The Dr. says he has never heard of #1 going bad but I too have the burning between my shoulders and my right arm jumps uncontrollably sometimes, I also after a long day at work have noticed recently that my 1st verterbra is swollen and hurts to touch or even let the water from the shower hit. I have also experienced some incontince with my bowels. The shots from the pain mgmt clinic didnt seem to help me. Im scared to return to the Dr. for fear of whats next...

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since you didnt say which level you were fused at, its hard to say if my pain is coming from the same "generator" as yours. However, I have had that same exact pain sensatiion in shoulders and especiallt shoulder blades and my levels of degeneration are from C-5 to C-8. I am facing fusion as my last resort...however, if I get the surgery done, there is a HUGE possibility of having to have more surgery in about ten years. As I am only in my forties, I am EXTREMELY resistant to getting it done, I have no faith that it will resolve enough issues to make it worth my while right now, as it is not medically necessary. Good Luck, Bull, dont let anyone talk you into surgery before you weighed ALL your options. Medications can be very useful in maintaining an appropriate lifestyle, once you find the right mix.

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My first response ever: I have had same thing - so much pain in same areas. Shots/epidural, will do more things if it will take away the terrible pain. Surgery in 3/07, figured I would be fine by follwing Jan '08 - did not want to take pain meds was a driving force. AFTER SURGERY, I then had so much pain in multiple places I had to go on max pain meds 40 x times a day oxycontin and 3, 10/325 Percocets, occasional xanax and arms jerk, I have hand tremors and a ton of pain still. After three level c4/5, 5/6, 6/7 fusions, I did not get better and by April had anther myelogram and yes,herniated NOW 3/4 cervical herniation/compression and T 1/2 had broad osteophyte disc issues. I have had malasorption issues, so I need more pain meds than usual. I feel for you and this is the only place where I find comfort. It all shows up on films, but still it is frustrating an debilitating - no disability here. I work for myself, though I can hardly work and it is getting less and less. I was hit by a work truck. No one ever knows what this kind of pain is like. I never did.

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