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Pain after Surgery C5-C6 and C6-C7

Started by 2spiney4u on 08/03/2011 1:28am

It was okay a week after the surgery (unsightly at the incision, but the immediate improvement was no numbness and improved movement in my arm. Now, 6 months later, I have persistent ache and pain in the front of the neck, the shoulders (spasms in the blades), and my right elbow and wrist.
It has been going on since September 2010. Yet I see how depressing pain is. I have been given all kinds of medications but have stopped taking them. Lying down quite a bit during the day...also, I'm hypothyroid so started taking meds for that a month ago.

Other than that, I' ready for the perfect cure! Help me get back to happiness, thx,

I don't want to give up.

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Margaret, I can total relate to your issues.2 1/2 years ago Thanksgiving I had an anterior(front) decompression and a posterior(back) fusion.I was in the ICU for a few day in a medical coma.Then they woke me up and I took a deep breath then started screaming which lasted for 3 days.My pancreous went into shock and I became temporarily diabetic.Then after that 3rd day they discovered that when they put the IV in for pain med.'s and antibiotics they had missed the vein and infiltrated it under my skin,so every time I pressed the button for the med.'s it was going under my skin and not going into the vein.So after 10 hours of surgery I had no pain medication or antibiotics.Can you imagin???They final fixed it thank god and I felt a little better.So that was one hell of a ride in it's self.Now that it has been 2 1/2 years the surgery site feels like I just had the surgery done yesterday.I have been suffering ever since.Pain med,'s and exersice help a little but I'm still in a lot of pain.From the research that I have done,it sounds like I'm just going to have to live with it.If you know of any thing that I could look into for help please let me know. Desperate!! Tory

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Was infuse used for your bone graft, if so take some time and do some research on your computer about the side effects. (bone overgroth)

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My fusion was done with cadaver bone and bone marrow that was retrieved from my hips.I don't know if this could be over growth or scar tissue,but I can tell you that it is a lot more painful now then before the surgery.I don't know if it needs more time to heal or if I accually have a problem.What do you think? Tory

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My fusion was done with cadaver bone and bone marrow that was retrieved from my hips.I don't know if this could be over growth or scar tissue,but I can tell you that it is a lot more painful now then before the surgery.I don't know if it needs more time to heal or if I accually have a problem.What do you think? Tory

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My fusion was done with cadaver bone and bone marrow that was retrieved from my hips.I don't know if this could be over growth or scar tissue,but I can tell you that it is a lot more painful now then before the surgery.I don't know if it needs more time to heal or if I accually have a problem.What do you think? Tory

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My fusion was done with cadaver bone and bone marrow that was retrieved from my hips.I don't know if this could be over growth or scar tissue,but I can tell you that it is a lot more painful now then before the surgery.I don't know if it needs more time to heal or if I accually have a problem.What do you think? Tory

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Hi Margaret:) I also had surgery on my neck a few years ago, C3-4, C4-5 with plate and screws. Since you did not say what kind of procedure they performed on your neck. I also do not know if you have been doing too much i.e. lifting, twisting, reaching overhead, or things that would aggravate your postoperative healing. It does take about 3 months to begin to feel better, and you should follow the instructions given to you after your surgery for what you can and cannot do. The only thing that really bothered me was the swelling in my throat, and of course the pain in my neck. For my surgery they used a frontal neck approach and went in that way. Each day was better, but I definitely knew I could not do anything other than what they told me I could do. Please let me know what the procedure was called that they did on you. I really hope you feel better, but it does take a little while.

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