Screw touching root nerve at C6
I've had two ACDF surgeries at the C4 thru C6 levels and a Posterior multi-level fusion with laminectomy on C4-C7. I've been in a great amount of pain for the last four years, but after the laminectomy, my pain increased quite dramatically. My neck down to the midline in my back started burning at an ungodly level. The muscles in my lower neck and upper back started swelling and constricting creating very sharp stabbing pains. This was not the usual pain that I was accustomed to. My surgeon was out for the Holidays and was not reachable.......
The pain was so intolerable that my wife forced me to go to the emergency room. While I was there the ran a CT scan and discovered two screws that were penetrating the neural foramen and said that this needs to be addressed asap. They tried to transport me to my Surgeons hospital, but with him being out of town that would have been a waste of time. So I made the first available appointment the following Monday.
The Surgeon looked at my Ct scan and then came into my room and assured me that there was nothing wrong and proceeded by telling me that I have a simple case of FBBS and a minute case of mitosis and gave me a few shots in my back and prescribed some heavy narcotics. I asked him several questions and he completely evaded the conversation and started discussing different outcomes. While he was talking a new nurse knocked on the door and said the lady from risk management is here and needs you in her office for a moment. After coming back from his meeting he told the nurse that he needed to refer me to a specialist and that he could take over the rest of the appt. and excused the nurse from the room. He started acting awkward and not his usual self. I've been back two times since that appt. and I have had a new care team and my old care team avoids me like I have the plague. The only thing that is discussed is pain medicine. He has faxed my primary and requested that she find a pain management clinic for me and that he has intentions of releasing me. I'm seven months post op.
Today, I saw a Neurosurgeon and was told that I have a screw at the posterior right side C6 contacting the nerve root. and a complete collapse at the anterior C5-C6 but stable for now. He recommended surgery to remove the screw and thought I would be a great candidate for a spinal simulator. He also said the nerve damage was most likely permanent since it was ignored and the surgery could increase the pain. He agreed with the FBBS, but was concerned that this was turning into CRPS. He told me to go home and give it some thought and he would be more than happy to help.
I'm very apprehensive of any further procedures on my neck and would like to hear your opinions or stories. This has me mindblown!!