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I had an ACDF C5-7 (Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion) due to two ruptured discs. If you have damage to the nerves the sooner you get surgery the better! From what I understand the longer the nerve remains injured the longer it takes the nerve to heal (IF it heals) I had my surgery 5+ years ago and am SO glad I did it. The pain down my arm was better instantly and the “dropsies” got better in three months. There was very little post op pain from the incision. Make sure your neurosurgeon is trained in the anterior (front of the neck) approach. Posterior is MUCH harder to recover from and I don’t think anyone does it anymore. My scar from my neck blends with the natural contour of the neck and you can barely see it. I do have some mild neck pain that I occasionally take some Aleve for. Once again, I am very happy I had the surgery. Feel free to PM me if you want to discuss it more.
Jul 12, 2017 · Has anyone been diagnosed with Central Sensitization? in Brain & Nervous System
I went through Mayo’s Pain Rehab Clinic and was a little better for a short time. It was there that I learned of Central Sensitization. I’ve had progressive symptoms over the past 5 years. It’s reached a point where the fatigue is so profound that I have trouble getting up the energy to do much of anything. And the pain…..some days I can control the pain…..most days I cannot. I take pain medication but am developing a tolerance. How do you cope?
Jun 28, 2017 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain
Have you seen a Rheumatologist to see if you might have Fibromyalgia? the roving pain is typical with Fibro. You might also do some research on Central Sensitization as there is a link with Chronic Pain. We hear you!
Hi gmajen61, I think the sensitivity is very normal. Mine was sensitive for about a year. At first it was VERY sensitive but gradually faded each month…as the color of the scar faded. I am 18 months post op from a PKR. I have great bend in the knee but still have trouble kneeling. I can hike again! Last month I did a 5 mile hike in the mountains that had a steep elevation gain, so not being able to kneel is an ok trade off. Best of luck to you!