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Great board folks! I had to laught at myself cuz I am on several forums that are all hobby related and I never thought to look for a forum like this....untill today.

On Jan 12, 2004 I had an ACDF on C4-6 (I think). Thats 2 levels right?

Prior to the surgery I suffered from neck and upper back pain that radiated into the right trap and shoulder. I also experienced weird fatigue in the muscles around/under the scapula and the same feeling in inside of the elbow. This "fatigue" or "feeling" is hard to describe as its not numbness, its not "pins and needles" and its not pain. The only way I can truely liken it to anything I have ever felt before is to say that it feels like I just pitched 10 innings of baseball and threw too hard and threw too many curve balls.

Anyway, after having a Thorasic and Cervical MRI and having a Nuerologist tell me Im crazy (he cared not to look at the MRI because I appear to him to be fine) I saw a NS who told me that I needed another MRI because the one I already had was crappy. Seems to be a raging debate between open system and closed system MRI. After the 2nd MRI (cervical only) it was clear to the NS that I needed surgery because I had moderate Stenosis, disk protusions and bone spurs. OK. Based on the MRI, however, he could not tell me about the Elbow symptoms.... The original Thorasic MRI showed stenosis and bulge at T1/C8.....hmmm

Anyway, moving on, right after surgery I felt awesome. Apart from the surgical pains, ALL the symptoms were GONE! I was ellated and let the doctor know this. After 2 days I was home and adjusting to life in "THE COLLAR OF DOOM" for 3 month. 2 weeks post opp I took a turn for the worse....my allergies kicked in and I sneezed several times. All of the fatigue in the shoulder and elbow returned like a banshee and stayed for hours. If I dont sneeze again it subsides slowly. Pain returned but at a much lower amount that was managible. I was scared. The next day more sneezing and strangely I developed symptoms on the LEFT side. Where on the right side my elbow feels fatigued, on my left it HURTS severely....almost like tendonitus. May or may not be related but its never presented itself before.

I called the NS to tell him that some of the issues reappeared and he had me go get an xray (early). I delivered it to his office and they called me the next day and told me it looked perfect. My reaction was great but what about the return of symptoms. The decided to see me on the 19th to discuss.

I am afraid and I am having anxiety about this appointment as this NS is overly confident in his abilities and can be somewhat dissmissive of complaints or concerns. He was so confident of his hands that he wanted me to go home from the hospital with NO pain medication at all......

Im not sure what I am asking here. Maybe this post was more of a vent and a hello but if any of you folks have any advice let me know. There is much more to this story but I tend to be wordy as you can tell so.....

Bilbo.
[Prior to the surgery I suffered from neck and upper back pain that radiated into the right trap and shoulder. I also experienced weird fatigue in the muscles around/under the scapula and the same feeling in inside of the elbow. This "fatigue" or "feeling" is hard to describe as its not numbness, its not "pins and needles" and its not pain. The only way I can truely liken it to anything I have ever felt before is to say that it feels like I just pitched 10 innings of baseball and threw too hard and threw too many curve balls.
Bilbo.][/QUOTE]

Bilbo -
Pleased to make your acquaintance via e-world!! (And, yes it still feels weird for me to be here too.) I was very grateful to see your list of symptoms. I was in MVA 8/03 and have a hern.disc at C6-7. I have had pain, pins and needles, numbness, etc.. However, since last week Friday, I feel like I have been weight-lifting! My triceps, elbows, and shoulders are tired!! Today I woke up and things are the same (except my ears are ringing) and I'm really out of sorts (sad!!) I was so hoping that surgery wouldn't be necessary, but ... calling 2nd NS again today, as he wasn't happy with the first MRI, and wants to schedule another. I didn't realize that the quality of MRI's could be so different.
By the way, I sympathize with your allergies!! Sneezing after surgery is a very scary thought indeed!!
Take care,
Deb F





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