sharp upper back pain after cervical fusion
I had a cervical fusion (C5-6) about 10 weeks ago. I am now taking Lyrica, tramadol and tylenol. I take a muscle relaxer if needed. As my other pains have subsided, I am left with a pretty sharp, severe pain in my upper thoracic spine. My surgeon sent me to a chiropractor that he trusts, but so far it has not helped. I am going to ask for a thoracic x-ray at my next appointment. Have any other neck sufferers had this, or do you think it is totally unrelated to my neck issues and needs to be treated as such?
The chiropractor said he thought it was not related to my neck, but my surgeon did not seem to think it was a big deal. It is becoming a big deal for me, because I am back at work now and am having a hard time controlling the pain without narcotics. I don't think the pain is from nerve damage, because my Lyrica was just increased and that helped with all of my other pains. Any thoughts for me?