c5/6 fusion nerve pain need help
I had a fusion c5/6 in dec. 08. Before surgery had extreme neck pain and pain in both shoulders. Also had left arm numbness and forearm weakness. After surgery felt great for 4 weeks and then pain came back worse but different pain. All my pre surgery pain is gone but now have burning pain in arms, chest and shoulders. It is so bad i can't wear a shirt sometimes. Neurotin helps a lot with this but i hate meds. Had an emg and a mri recently. My emg said nerve damage at c7 but mri said spine is perfect everywere except my fusion is not complete yet. surgeon said pain is because i am not fused. He just had me have a nerve block at c6 level and it didn't help at all. I am so confused because the emg said pain is from c7 but surgeon said that level is perfect. I also wondering why my neck feels brand new but he says i am not fused. I am so confused were my pain is coming from. The non fusion or if there really is c7 damage. And is there still a chance i can fuse. My surgeon said it won't after 1 year but i know 2 people it toke them 1-1/2 to fuse. Any advice would appreciate it thanks.