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  • Lo Meyer
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    Hello Dr. my name is Lourdes and I have a consultation, I had a cervical surgery 10 years ago my doctor made de replacement of the C5 and C6 and since then I´ve been experimenting excruciating pain in my left arm from the neck to the wrist, I can´t turn my head to the left side without feeling a pressure, and I have like an inflamation in my eye (my eye looks down like it is sad or something) and when I carry things i feel like it will pop and suddenly an eyecup appear. I had been to tons of doctors and nobody seems to understand what I have, Please tell me if this symptoms can be related to my cervical surgery or what do you thing can be creating this symptoms so I can guide my doctor to find out the reason´cause I´m desperate. Thanks..

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    I assume you mean that ten years ago you had an ACDF of C5-6 (fusion- see website). If the symptoms of excruciating arm pain started immediately after surgery (as compared to arm pain present before the surgery that did not change after surgery), you might have had an intra-operative root injury.

    If the pain occurred prior to the surgery and did not improve after surgery, there are two possible explanations. One is that the nerve was not successfully surgically decompressed and residual compression continues which is causing pain. The other is that the nerve was injured by the original compression and even with successful surgical decompression, the nerve did not heal.

    Chronic nerve injury has certain symptom characteristics. Burning, gnawing pain is a common complaint. Extreme hypersensitivity to touch (called allodynia) can also be present. Occasionally, skin swelling can occur.

    Dr. Corenman

    Lo Meyer
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    thanks a lot Dr. the problems in my face I assume are the result of the hurt nerve right? and I´m guessing I have to see a neurologist ASAP…

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Read my post more throughly. You have a “hurt nerve” but the reason for the pain is still undiagnosed. Either a neurologist or a spine surgeon might be a good start.

    Dr. Corenman

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