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neck and arm pain

Started by realwill on 06/08/2010 6:02pm

I am a 42 year old male who had a on the job injury that resulted in a cervical spine fusion because of severe neck on the left side and shoulder pain with loss of felling in the left hand and severe arm pain. i underwent on efusion surgery in 2001 from c-5 to c-7. after 18 months i was still in pain and after complaining long enough they figured out my fusion did not take at the c-6 to c-7 level and i underwent a second surgery to refuse that level.. the end result fixed the disc problem but i still had pain which i have been treating with pain medication for 7 years now... in january of this year i started experiencing the same arm pain and shoulder pain all over again only this time worse.. i now have pain all the way across both shoulders and now have pain running down into the right arm as well and the pain is as intense as it was after thye surgeries.. i had a emg which reveals carpultunnel syndrome, and a xray and catscan that shows the past fusion is intact and there are no major herniated discs below or above the fusion but i am up 8 perkasets a day at 5mg-325mg apap as well as nortriptalene for nerve pain and it is not even touching the pain... WHAT SHOULD I DO??????

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realwill are you being treated by a Pain Management doc? I suffer from neck, shoulder, arm and hand pain and it is now managed with a spinal cord stimulator along with Gabapentin and Tizanidine.

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i have considered the stimulator but i was told it was very expensive and would noe t fix the problem and recently i saw the surgeon who preformed the surgery and he told me there is nothing they can do about the pain in my neck< i am taking the gaberpentin too as well it helps some. I have good days and bad days being as i am disabled now for 8 years and on social security with 4 kids i cant afford any surgery that is not covered at this time so i will continue as best i can.... thanks for your response and by no means am i complaining i feel very blessed to have been home raising my children for the last 9 years

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realwill, you mentioned that the surgeon is the one who said there was nothing that could be done for the neck pain. Have you been sent to Pain Management? If nothing more surgically can be done to help you out, a good pain management doc could do a lot of different things that insurance companies will approve, in order to treat your chronic pain. There are plenty of other medications and simple interventional procedures that can be tried that are less expensive and possibly more effective. Please don't give up just because the surgeon says there's nothing more that he can do.

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