6 months post op C5/6 ACDF New pain headache muscle weakness pain in all limbs

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  • Kemp Erin
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    38 year old previously healthy female. October 11 2016 ACDF C5/6. 6 months Post Op pain,extreme weakness,twitch,balance prob @ times. I’ve had 2 rounds of steroids, Gabapentin, mobic, Chiropractor, and the only thing that works is Norco. Headaches, weakness all over(like jelly) fatigue, transient stabbing pain in all 4 limbs, so bad in my right foot I couldn’t walk. Then the burning neck and spine.I really am scared.Surgeon says MRI is normal and my symptoms have nothing to do with his surgery.He is sending me to a Neurologist.I’m so confused and unsure of the steps I should take to get answers and options/solutions to this pain.I have a 3 year old and 5 year old.I have a career I love.I don’t want this pain to disrupt this happy life I’ve built. Please help!!!:(

    Cflower
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    I’m post op 8 mos. for C4,C5, & C6 ACDF, with disc’s taken from C4&C5. I too have the headache pain and was sent to a neurologist regarding the debilitating headaches, that come on with movement from my neck. The greater and lesser occipital nerve are what they are about to go after with a steroid shot to the C2. My surgeon stated the very same thing about everything looking good, and it wasn’t a result of the surgery. He was correct in that statement, however I would think they would have some idea since they do this day in and day out and would be able to counsel their patients since they might have seen this once or twice before with other patients. If you have the opportunity get in to the neurologist, don’t loose faith, be thankful something works for your headaches, because nothing seems to take mine away except for ice and sleep. Good luck.

    Dr. Corenman
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    Headaches can be caused by facet arthrosis of C2-3 and C3-4 (commonly) and rarely from degeneration of C1-2. Facet blocks with temporary relief of headache pain can be the indicator of this disorder. Ablations (rhizotomies) are the appropriate treatment.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
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    Cflower
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    Thank you for the information, which I have an additional question, would facet arthrosis be from the onset of my injury? The headaches, have been happening since my accident which I had a temporary loss of vision. I have an appointment with the pain management dr. the week of 6/6. If you could let me know prior then I can pass along this information and see what they think it could be helpful. One more question, are the steriod injections harmful in anyway? Do they thin your hair? (If you know).
    Thank you Dr. Corenman very much!

    Cflower
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    How successful is Ablations (rhizotomies)?

    Dr. Corenman
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    Facet injury can lead to arthrosis and headaches.

    Steroids have some potential side-effects. I have not seen hair loss as one.

    Ablations are about 75% effective. The ablated nerve is a peripheral nerve so they do attempt to grow back.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
    If this forum has helped you, please let Dr. Corenman know!

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