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Old 01-21-2013, 10:12 AM   #4
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Re: Anyone out there? please help!

The "c4-c5 spur with right lateral recess stenosis&neural faraminal narrowing. C5-c6" is consistent with your arm and shoulder pain. And this is the one level fused last Dec 13. It takes time for inflamed and damaged nerves to heal. The operation can make it worse in the short term. Some very luck people do get very quick pain relief, a significant minority never get any net significant pain relief. You are just now entering the time period when hopefully you will start to feel slow, but steadily increasing relief which can continue over the 6 to 12 months. A lot will depend upon how you take care of yourself over the next year.

Your doctor should have told you that the ACDF surgery was primarily to stabilize your neck and prevent further nerve damage. Pain relief is hoped for, but is not the primary purpose of most neck operations.

I hope your next EMG shows that you are on a path to pain relief. Though it is more likely to show little, one way or the other.