Cervical fusion 9 months ago,in worse pain than before surgery.I have spent thousands on accupuncture,Pt,and dr bills.my surgeon looks at me like I am crazy cause he said everything looks fine on the MRI .I am a small business owner and have a sassy little salon that I lOve dearly.I wad hit by an underage driver may 9 of last year.I had c4-6 replaced .accupuncture does help but it is not my answer.2 months ago I was at a stop light and a driver came off the exit and hit me going 50+ miles an hour.my head and body were turned,because I can't turn my head enough to see the on coming traffic.my car was pushed 2 feet forward and since then my life is a living he'll.went last week to get deep nerve injections under anestesia ,he minaswell put water in my neck cause as soon as the anesthetic wore off the pain was back with vengeance . I have a call into him but I dO not think there is much more I can do .I can only work about 5 hrs a day and then I am done,pain and fatigued.o am in more pain now than when I was hit in the first accident.it seems these days surgeons cut ya open and don't want to hear any complaints.I wish he could hop in my body for 5 minutes and then see what he hss to say.sadly,it seems we nerd to be our own advocate and do all the research ourselves.when I was little I always got infections from earrings,then came the belly ring in the 90's thSt also got very infected.I had my teeth veneered and my gum pulled away from the base of the tooth.I am starting to think I sm allergic to these plates in my neck.I have constant burning on my neck and shoulders,nerve spasms down both arms.extreme fatigue and I refuse to be a pain management client for the test of days here on earth.what happens??? Can they use something else to replace them and can my dr do the metal testing????I go to work and love my clients,I put on a happy face while there and then I cone home to a beautiful little 5 yr ok'd saying mommy please play with ne,and I can't .she is happy and healthy thSt is the most important thing but if I did not have her and my husband I am about ready to call it quits.any suggestions???please I need all the info I can get.I am sad,feel lazy ,in pain all the time and don't know what to do.please help me????
I am In the same boat. 8 months post op c5-6 fusion with plate for me be ause do severe spinal stenosis from degenerative disc disease and I'm only 38. Doctors say everything is ok but I'm in a lot of pain. I cannot sit in church, drive distances, stand for long, or even push an empty shopping cart. My life is wrecked. I am an active mom who used to work in health care full time now on disability and no one can tell me anything. I recently got my nose pierced as a distant ion and I reacted to the "hight quality steel" in the piercing. Once I changed it out to gold the swelling and rash went away. I am thinking of going to an Alergest and getting a blood test for alloy allergies soon. If positive I want the plate and rods removed from my neck.
Best of luck to you