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    Old 03-09-2015, 08:04 PM   #1
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    Question Acdf C6

    I am in constant pain and surgery was back on 07~2013. I went to pain management dr today who only wants to inject me with xray. I have more intense symptoms since before surgery and that was tough.
    Now I still have the burning at the base of skull and some numbing sensations up into my skull. I also have issues with the radic. down both arms and pinky fingers and ring fingers. Also I have bad muscle spasms on neck muscles that feel like knots that have never gone away. I am sick of hurting and cant get pain pills from any doctor I have visited. Any help is great!

     
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    Old 03-10-2015, 11:05 AM   #2
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    Re: Acdf C6

    Hello and welcome to the board.

    It sounds like you had surgery about 8 months ago and that you are having worse symptoms now then before the surgery. Have you had any imagery like mri or flex/extension xray to see if everything is ok from the surgery? I see that you had a single level fusion surgery.

    When you say that the pain management dr wants to inject you with xray, is that person suggesting a ct myelogram perhaps? This would be a somewhat invasive procedure that would help determine the state of your spine. Other than that, I don't know what that might mean. Did the dr mention the purpose or techniques of the procedure?

    8 months is a pretty long time to have increased symptoms post surgery (just due to transient surgical trauma) but not unheard of. I would be.looking to the drs to validate that everything is healing correctly and there is no further compression that was missed just to be sure. There may be further correctable issues that are causing you worsened symptoms. Some possibilities include slipping hardware, non-fusion issues, adjacent disc segment problems and missed sources of compression.

    Good luck and let us know how you get on...

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    Old 03-10-2015, 11:20 AM   #3
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    Re: Acdf C6

    No, the surgery was almost two years ago at level C6. Cadaver bone was used and plate and screws. The pain management dr. Said he can give me a cortisone shot under the guidance of the x ray table to give me relief. My surgeon is not very helpful at all.

     
    Old 03-10-2015, 12:27 PM   #4
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    Re: Acdf C6

    Oh, I see, it's meant to be a therapeutic thing. Those shots do help some people, but I would want to know if something else was going on. Those shots won't fix anything, just provide temporary relief at best.

    My math was goofed up, I was thinking we're in 3/14 but its 3/15 isn't it .
    Nearly 2 years is definitely long enough for the normal effects of surgery to have subsided. My guess is you have some other structural issues going on. Either non-fusion/hardware failure or adjacent segment issues. You should definitely have imaging to evaluate this. If your previous surgeon won't do anything then I would find a.new one. Be warned however that many surgeons will not want to deal with some other surgeon' s work. Some possiblities are large teaching hospitals or spine centers where the docs are more used to giving opinions on others' surgeries. The most important thing is to get a good spine specialist. That is a.neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon with specialized training in the spine who limits their practice to only spine issues. Hopefully you can find someone to help you get to the bottom of your issues, not just try to mask them with drugs and steroid shots.

    Good luck and let us know how you get on...

     
    Old 03-11-2015, 08:34 AM   #5
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    Re: Acdf C6

    chogan and Chuckstr

    Hi chogan, first of all listen to Chuckstr, he is absolutely correct in what he is saying. Those shots will only mask the pain and in my experience they will not last very long and then you will be looking for something else to ease the pain. You need to go to another doctor if your original surgeon will not send you for an MRI or myelogram or a cat scan/flexion extension x-rays. They need to find out if you are fused or not or if your hardware is OK!!!! There is even a possibility of the ajacent level something being wrong, infection....there could be so many things that you need to find out about....Not an injection right now, find out what is going on first!!!!

    Take care...Lyn in Michigan

     
    Old 03-11-2015, 08:51 AM   #6
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    Re: Acdf C6

    Thank you! I have made another appointment with the original ortho. surgeon.
    I hope he will take the time to actually listen to me this time and I just pray he doesn't need to do a repeat operation. My faith in him is not good right now. I will hope for the best and I appreciate your feedback.
    I will update after the 23rd

     
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