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!!!:(
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.