9 months post-ACDF**too much pain!
Hello fellow spine sufferers!
Long story short, I had an anterior cervical discectomy with fusion and instrumentation in May of 2010. I have had neck pain since 2006- degenerative and herniated discs with bone spurs leading to severe neck pain and right side numbness from the shoulder to fingers.
I am 9 months post surgery, and still in tremendous neck pain. Which is much worse since the surgery. The numbness went away right after surgery thankfully, but I can't get back to work with this horrible neck pain. I am in my 6th week of 8 for physical therapy, and experiencing severe headaches on and off due to cervical movement. MY PT is fabulous, he works his tail off too loosen my neck muscles but darn they are continuing to be stubborn
I desperately want to get back to work and back to some sort of life. I take 5-6 pain meds a day, and can't work until the pain drops a couple of notches. Any advice from someone with a similar surgery would be great!