I have another question about symptoms first. My 1st spinal surgery L5S1! - I had footdrop . The second was to remove the metal from the 1st due to amount of pain I was having. Next was more pain and it was obvious on the MRI that L4 needed to be fused. Then there was a time for other surgeries- knee replacements and shoulder problems ETC.
In 2010, after 9 years of mis-diagnosis (they told me I had reflex sympathic Dystrophy in my left arm) After I put my foot down and demanded a MRI to be done on my entire back they finally knew the diagnosis - C5 to C7 were in the same shape as the Lumbar ones were - bone spurs, herniations etc. So I had the cervical surgery in September 2010. The pain went away right after surgery. Then early in 2011 the pain started to go down my left aram again. Spinal doc did not want to do another surgery since it hadn't even been a year. So we tried an epidural steroid injection. it only lasted a week.
As time went on, I know I needed to have the surgery before the end of the year since my copays would change for hospital stays- it was $200 a night and would change to $250 ( in year's past it had been only $50.00 per night). He finally agreed and I had the Fushion of C4 to C5 surgery last December (2011)
Everthing seem to be going quite well - Hubby had problems also including diabetic rentinopathy, bleeding into the eye and a bubble in his left eye - laser was done first then injections into the eye. (UGH) We are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
In the meantime, I guess it was the end of May that I started having a slight amount of spinal pain above the other surgery sites. I guess I went into deniel - I did not want another surgery!!!!!!! (None of us do, right?)
But as the days past the pain began to increase until Wednesday of last week and I could not deny it any longer.
I can't deny the pain any longer Plus there is pain going down my left leg (like the very first spinal problem I had)
Now here is the problem I have a question about - my back where the pain along the spine is actually is swollen and putting pressure on it even with the waistband of my P.J. is too much. Your rsponse will be appreciated. (I did make an appointment but my spinal doc is in surgery today so tomorrow morning we'll see what they decide.)