Post-op Neck Pain - 7 yrs later
I had a double fusion in 2003 of my C4 - C5, C5 - C6. I have a plate and screws in my neck. The doctor used the bone from my hip to fuse me. It took me about 7 weeks to fully recover and I felt great for about 2 years. Started going to a wonderful chiropractor and that helped me for a few years now. I have begun to have pretty severe pain in my neck and numbness, tingling and pain in both my right and left arm and hands. I had x-rays done and I have degenerative disc disease and bone spurs in my neck again. I'm pretty miserable and it affects me daily as I am taking pain meds and muscle relaxers to cope with my pain. I'm a 49 year old active woman and this is totally affecting my mood...getting depressed. I'm scheduled to see my neurologist and then possibly a different surgeon to see about getting the bone spurs removed. Also, has anyone had previous fusion surgery and had their plate removed?
I'm getting to the desperate point in my life where I may consider surgery again because I'm in constant pain.
If anyone has had bone spurs removed, I'd like to know how long of a recovery it is for this.