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Started by roseturk on 03/04/2011 9:58am

I have shoulders and arm pain. I can manage my life with this pain. It bothers me if I have more activities. (not much neck pain) such as cooking or cleaning going shopping. I feel swelling of upper back and shoulder blades. Right arm pain. the worst thing I feel very tired and some time feeling off balance.I had cortizon injections done only get temporarily relief from it. I have seen three doctors. two of then not recommended the surgery (they said nothing wrong with my spinal) one said it is surgical. (fusion c5-c6) I have scheduled the surgery but I don't want to get worse than I am. I am seeking for a advise who already had done surgery and how long does it take to get back to fully normal if surgery is has success.

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I have had surgery (anterior cervical decompression with fusion)X2 for herniated discs of the cervical spine. The 1st surgery was in july of 2009 (C4-C5); the 2nd in December of 2010 (C2-C3).Both of my surgeries were for extreme pain due to the discs pressing on nerves.

Before the surgeries, I tried Physical therapy, Chiropractic, medical massage, & pain meds-nonsteroidals, muscle relaxants, narcotics. Nothing controlled the pain.

I still have some pain & stiffness from my last surgery (never had any pain relief after the 1st surgery-surgeon said I probably had the other herniated discs soon after the surgery-something that is common to have more herniations above & below the fusion.)

I would recommend avoiding surgery if at all possible-unless pain is unmanageable. If you do decide to have the surgery, make sure to have the surgeon explain to you what you might expect after surgery. If you work outside the home, may need to plan for a medical leave for several weeks/months to regain your stamina, flexibility, etc.

Good luck to you-hope all goes well, whatever you decide!

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I just had surgery on my neck c5-c6 same as you but I had spinal stenosis also. My Doctor did Stem Cell on Spinal Stenosis and rebuilt the disks with bone and hardware. I had put this off for so many years then it got to the point I would lose use of my right arm. They went thru the front of my neck. I only had a couple days that swallowing was a discomfort. I am wearing a brace now for about a month and half. One for day one for sleeping and shower. I had my surgery 1 week ago and I am doing fine. I cannot drive because they do not want you to twist your head. Other than that I wish I had done it sooner. I hope this was helpful to you.

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My symptoms got worse during this time. I have a feeling like my ribs swells up. and feeling like somebody skews my upper back. feelings heaviness on my shoulder. I would like to understand are these feeling coming from my neck(c5-C6). I also find out about laser surgery. Any ideas how that work.

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I had everything you had as far as the hurt part. I went to 6 Dr's. before I found the one I trusted. All 6 said surgery right away. I was scared. Then I found the right Dr. and I had my surgery 1 week and half ago. I am not worse than before. I am much better. I experience some muscle spasms but that is going away. I was given muscle relaxers. They help alot. I am getting back to normal. I have to wear a neck brace till the 28th of March. One for the shower and bed and one for other times. My incision was across. Swallowing was difficult for 3 days but much better now. This process was much better than not having use of my right arm. I did end up getting hardware to build up my disks along with a cadivor bone in between. He also did stem cell in my spinal stensis. Spelling might not be right. I also had the same thing done on my back Dec. 17, 2010 and I have never been better. I hope this information helped you out. By the way I am 62 years old.

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I have a pinched nerve in my neck and it's having all sorts of horrible effects. Plus I am still recovering from multiple ankle fractures from last year. i want to avoid surgery.Do you have any recommendations of who I could see for help? I am willing to travel for a good chiropractor or massage therapist. Now i contacted from Sandy Springs GA Chiropractor.

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My doctor recommended fusion but after my research I found that I might have other options such as artificial disc replacement, laser surgery, stem cell and so on. If any of you have artificial disc replacement or laser surgery please respond this mail. I don't want to deal with this pain anymore.

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I had ACDF on March 1st and went back to work this week part time. The surgery itself was relatiively easy but I got llucky. I had bone spurs in my neck so they did not need to have bone taken from my hip to fuse. My DR. also did not make me wear a brace. The whole process was pretty smooth. The hardest thing post surgery was swallowing which I had issues for about three weeks and is now finally going away.

The only issue I have now is that pain (shoulder and arm) has not gone away. But I was told initally that it might take up to a year to get pain free. It has gotten better, but it is still hard to sit for long perioeds of time and tire very easily. I keep hope that it will contue to get better and one day I will be pain free.

I consider mine a success and I am glad I did it.

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I have had c6 c7 fusion and a cadaver bone put in place of my disk. This was four weeks ago. I am having so much pain in my arm and back at this time I am having regrets about the surgery. I have lost 20% of the strength in my arm, and finding the need to get back on the stronger pain meds again to deal with the pain. Is it normal to have this type of pain again, and how long will this continue? I feel like I am in worse shape than before the surgery. I started physical therapy last week.. I don't know it still seems like something is going on with my cervical spine.

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I have had c6 c7 fusion and a cadaver bone put in place of my disk. This was four weeks ago. I am having so much pain in my arm and back at this time I am having regrets about the surgery. I have lost 20% of the strength in my arm, and finding the need to get back on the stronger pain meds again to deal with the pain. Is it normal to have this type of pain again, and how long will this continue? I feel like I am in worse shape than before the surgery. I started physical therapy last week.. I don't know it still seems like something is going on with my cervical spine.

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I too had the C6-7 fused. Arm pain is diminished but thoracic, shoulder and between the shoulder blade pain is the same as before the surgery. Does this ever get better? I am 9 wks post op.
Janet :)

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