MrspearsonParticipantJanuary 17, 2020 at 5:46 pmPost count: 2
Hi I have c5/c6 neck fusion surgery in May 2019 before my operation my symptoms was neck pain arm pain sholder blade pain numbness is thumb index finger and middle finger also pins and needles in hand and the 2 fingers that was not numb weak wrist dropping things when trying to grip and could not move my arm in any way shape or form due to pain all symptoms was on my left side and just got worse and worse my consultant said surgery is the best option as it was a bad prolapse disc so after surgery none of my symptoms had changed all the same day after surgery I had an xray my consultant came to see me to say the xray showes fuison went well and I’m dischargibg you today and will send a follow-up appointment in the post 2 weeks after surgery the pain was so bad and my symptoms was still the same well getting worse I called and asked to speak to my consultant 3 weeks later he called me and I told him that I was in more pain than before and symptoms was worse he told me this was all normal so 4 weeks after surgery it felt as if something was wrapped around the top of my leg as if my trousers had fallen down when I felt my leg there was nothing there and it was numb the numbness went anyway after 20 minutes this consured so once agin I callwd my consultant it took him 2 weeks to call me back in this time all of the symptoms I had in my left side I had in my right side apart from I had no numbness or pins and needles in my right hand the head aches I have is something I can’t even explain the pain is out of this world it brings me to tears and makes me scream out my consultant got back to me and basically told me everything is normal but how could this be surely this should not be happening he told me that my weight had a part to play in these symptoms as I am over weight then I started with numbness in my thumb index finger and middle finger in my right hand and the pins and needles and also down my inner arms left and right are completely numb so I called him again and demand he called me back ASAP he called me 2 days later and once again soad it was my weight and said he would do a full examination in clinic at my follow up appointment so I went to my follow-up appointment told him everything and he said its your weight lose weight and all these symptoms will go away he never carried out an examination i argued that no way should being over weight case all these symptoms he told me to go to physio but 2 weeks after my surgery I went to physio and my physio told me he could not do any physo with me as I was in to much pain and told me to contact my consultant and request a mri so every time I spoke to my Consultant I asked for a mri and he refused every time so at the follow up appointment I cried and begged him for a mri and he refused once agin her told me everything was fine and I need to lose Wight he said he would see me agin in October and if everything was the same he would refere me to pain management clinic I was so angry that I was not receiving the right care I phoned and told the hospital I wanted to see a different consultant as I was not happy and I request all my medical notes so my medical notes came and none of my mri scans from before my surgery was there or the xray from the day after surgery my first consultant never did any form of scans to check how my neck was heeling or did any examinations to check I only ever had 1 face to face appointment with him after surgery which was 3 months after so my new consultant basically in so many words told me that I have not had the write care after my surgery and booked me in for xray and mri at my face to face appointment he said that my neck looked like it was heeling how it should and the he was dischargeing me from there cliinc this can’t be right iv had no answers to why I now have all these new symptoms after surgery I’m 30 years old no other medical prombles so symptoms now 8 months after surgery are numbness in inner arm thumb index finger and middle finger weakness in wrist pain in sholder blades arms top of sholders head aches leg pain leg numbness at top to my knees when I move I can hear loads of cracking I’m having loads of falls because my leg gose numb my body is so sensitive the lightest touch hurts as if someone has beaten me what is going on as I have no answers from my consultantDonald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorJanuary 18, 2020 at 9:12 amPost count: 8460
Your lack of relief from your C5-6 ACDF is important as either the diagnosis was incorrect or the surgery did not do the job necessary to decompress your nerves. Your new leg pain and even right sided arm symptom causes remain unanswered. It is not weight gain that causes your symptoms.
You need a different consultant who will take an interest in helping you, take a good history, perform a thorough physical examination, get appropriate imaging studies and follow-through with a good explanation of your disorder.
Dr. CorenmanMrspearsonParticipantJanuary 19, 2020 at 7:22 pmPost count: 2
Hi thanks for getting back to me I have seen two consultants am I right in thinking that a CT scan or a mri with die would comform if it was a failed neck surgeryDonald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorJanuary 20, 2020 at 3:21 amPost count: 8460
A CT scan is better to look for the fusion status of your ACDF. An MRI is not as good for fusion status but is much better for nerve root compression disorders. For a failed surgery, both tests combined are more helpful along with flexion/extension X-rays.
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