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Posted in: Neck pain.

ACDF frustration

Started by LisaRR on 10/11/2017 7:40am

Hi this is a first for me to post here but I'm completely frustrated! July 24th of this year I underwent a ACDF of C5-C7 because of a work related injury from 2012. I had burning pain just slightly to the left of the area of C6/C7, and the pain was constantly shooting under my left scapula, then in time was shooting down my left arm. My right side was never affected with this injury. Back to the surgery....I finally had it this year (July 24) since then, I still have that horrible nerve burning in the same exact spot as it was prior to the surgery (the shooting pain under my left scapula and shooting down my arm is gone) BUT besides that pain, I now have constant pain shoring in my right bicep and shooting down under my right scapula! I'm so frustrated because when I seen my surgeon, he stated that he adjusted my spine, giving it more a lord otic curvature. He states that's probably why of the now right side pain and I need to give it time. Well time has made me more aware of this new pain and how this isn't dissipating! I saw him yesterday, explained how I've yet has been able to sleep at night, and the pain is getting worse and I asked him why he "adjusted" my spine, because I'm so upset since I'll be needing to go back to work very soon. He got offended at my question and turned things around on me saying that I need to get off the narcotics (which i weaned myself off, although I still need to take something when getting out of bed because of the pain and the fact that I'm stiff) I mean come on, if I get off of the meds all together, wouldn't I be in a lot more pain??
I just don't know what to do. I feel I'm at the mercy of this doctor and because it is work related, my adjuster won't do anything, such as letting me continue with another doctor. I got a lawyer but he's so passive that I don't even want him representing me anymore. What should I do?

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LisaRR--thank you for sharing your story with us. We completely understand your frustration!

Since you're unable to see a new doctor, our best advice is to do everything you can to work with the doctor you have. We know how hard this can be when you feel like you've hit a brick wall with someone. But, the fact remains: You are in pain, and your doctor is your partner in helping you manage or eliminate it. Your surgery wasn't long ago, and you are no doubt still in the recovery period. We are hopeful that the pain you've described will subside and maybe even go away entirely--and we think working with your doctor is the most direct way to reach that goal.

While we think working with your doctor is the best long-term approach, we'd also like to share some articles outlining your rights as a patient. You should not be expected to live in pain. You deserve to be heard, and you deserve the right to explore treatment options to help relieve your pain.

( Patients with Back or Neck Pain Have a Voice in Their Spine Care )
( Second Opinions: Five Things About This Patient Right )
( Informed Consent in Plain Language )

We hope this information helps, and we hope you're able to find a solution--both in terms of your relationship with your doctor and your pain--very soon.