Cervical fusion..degenerative disc disease
I've had neck,shoulder, hand and arm pain and various symptoms since 2002. Went from a bulging disc C4-5 to herniated discs C4-5, 5-6 and 6-7. Had cervical spine surgery with fusion of C4-7 with bone grafts from pelvis and titanium screws/pins on March 18, 2010.
I have pretty good range of motion considering the fusion but still have lot of the same symptoms. Can't do much without 'flaring', then pain in neck region, hands, top back muscles. I've gone through physical therapy which actually made me have more pain because their focus was range of motion and strengthening and no pain management.
I am in need of a good specialist to further treat this condition, possibly diagnos the arthritis, help with pain managemnent, see if the bones have fused well, see how the adjoining discs are holding up (top and bottom of fusion were alreaky bulging before surgery).
I would appreciate suggestions regarding type of specialist I should see. My surgeon let me go as soon as the brace came off. Currently seeing a phy med and rehab Dr. who is good for nothing!