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Started by Carriem on 06/08/2019 11:19am

I am 6 months post OP.. I had C3-C7 fused. Before surgery I had minimal neck pain. Numbness, pain, tingling and weakness in both arms. Now I am still stuck with that and now severe neck and shoulder pain. I have only recently began experiencing other terrifying symptoms, or maybe some may just call them unusual but for me my daily life is now a nightmare. My emotions are on a continuous rollercoaster ride, I cry at the drop of a hat, get fighting mad at the next instance and so on. My sense of smell is over the roof, I've had to change everything from my shampoo, laundry detergent, to my husbands toothpaste. Smells make me angry, anxious, nauseous, etc. My sense of hearing is super human! I suppose at times this is a plus. I have a horrible nonstop headache. I am sometimes hyperactive, hypersensitive, hyper everything other times can't get out of bed! I've gained 25 lbs since surgery despite my almost all vegetable diet. Is anyone experiencing anything even close to this? Please help! I'm going crazy.

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Sorry, not on here every day myself. Yup, your surgeon/attorney should have told you that back surgery has a 33% success rate, 33% chance of leaving you the same, and 33% chance of leaving you worse off. Either way, if you have the surgery and screws/plates/braces were put in, these give out or shift with time requiring further surgeries. The absolute best treatment for strong back and neck issues is adjusting your life style and working with a therapist that can teach you how to minimize (not eliminate) symptoms and build areas that will help take load off of the affected area. Most people have to leave careers to get back to living. Dont get me started on Epidural injections and the horror stories that accompany them. If I were you, I would start by finding a way to get out of my head with overworrying by picking up meditation which will allow your mind to rest and think more clearly/positively as to how you'll move forward. Have you applied for disability? Did you injure yourself on the job? Have you spoken to an attorney?


Thank you so much citylettercarrier for your comment. A little on my background. I was not injured, my gp referred me to a surgeon for lower back & hip pain. Surgeon ordered MRI, ct, xrays you name it. Turned out I had 3 bulging discs in my neck that according to him had to be fused immediately due to possible cord comprise. Just have severe degenative discs with femoral stenosis. Spondylosis is generic diagnosis. Sure wish I had known what I know now, I was assured I would feel so much better. I believe I have a little too much time on my hands . Noone in my family gets me, so I keep to myself. I haven't tried to file for disability. Guess I'm just waiting to get better..