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I recently had clavical surgery and now I have neck pain, what can I do?

I recently had clavical surgery and now I have neck pain, what can I do?

Therapy: The neck and shoulder are connected by several muscle groups and it's not uncommon to have pain in the neck after shoulder surgery and vice versa. Once you have healed from surgery you can start physical therapy to work on improving your range of motion, strength, and posture. This should improve the pain. ...Read more

Dr. Craig Morton
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Neck Pain (Definition)

Neck pain can be a symptom of many problems, infections, growths, cervical disk disease, fractures, vascular problems (some serious), heart issues, etc., etc. See your doctor for an exam and possible ...Read more


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I am 33female 5'5, very bad neck pain my c 6& C7 disk is deteriateing what can be done? Is surgery an option? Already had 3 injections no help pain

I am 33female 5'5, very bad neck pain my c 6& C7 disk is deteriateing what can be done? Is surgery an option? Already had 3 injections no help pain

Surgery is an option: For patients that fail conservative treatment such as medication (nsaids), physical therapy, chiropractic, and steroid injections that have MRI evidence of disk disease and physical signs that correlate with the same levels, surgery is very effective in reducing pain. However, at your young age, the surgery can predispose other levels of your cervical spine to degenerate. ...Read more

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Is surgery the answer to most ongoing back or neck pain problems?

Is surgery the answer to most ongoing back or neck pain problems?

No: There are many far less invasive options. Surgery is far from always effective when it is performed. ...Read more

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I have servere neck pain & it's a pitch nerve? Will I need some kind of surgery?

Arm pain: Pinched neck nerves cause arm pain severity of pain can't be used as a surgical indicator see a specialist get a diagnosis treat the problem surgery only if other things fail if the pain generator is well identified and the problem has been effectively treated in peer reviewed studies for your condition that is the only reasonable path to surgery most acute neck pain is muscular that can be treate. ...Read more

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Are there sure ways to get rid of this neck pain that may be caused by surgery?

Are there sure ways to get rid of this neck pain that may be caused by surgery?

See a pain doctor: Your neck pain is from surgery on the neck or just an unrelated surgery? In either case, if simple things like heat packs, advil (ibuprofen) and activity don't help, see a pain management doctor. ...Read more

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Neck pain while yawning at surgery area of acdf4-5-6 at scar from plate removal?

Neck pain while yawning at surgery area of acdf4-5-6 at scar from plate removal?

Traction neuritis : I f your surgery was relatively recent (within 6 months) it should be considered a normal part of post op healing. When you yawn there is enormous stretch and strong contractions of various neck muscles that don't get this range of motion except when yawning. If you try yawning more frequently the scar tissue at the surgery site will loosen over time leading to less pull on the nerves causing pain. ...Read more

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Better n effective ways to manage back & neck pain. Please advice. I am 60 yrs & have undergone spine surgery before 5 yrs?

Better n effective ways to manage back & neck pain. Please advice. I am 60 yrs & have undergone spine surgery before 5 yrs?

See below: Unfortunately there is no "one size fits all" approach that I can give you here. My advice would be to see a physiatrist specializing in spine problems to help you figure out a program that works for you. ...Read more

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I have so much wrong with my neck and symptoms like neck pain and arm pain is getting worse. What will happen long term if I don't get surgery?

I have so much wrong with my neck and symptoms like neck pain and arm pain is getting worse. What will happen long term if I don't get surgery?

WE CAN NOT SAY: We can not predict based on the information you have given
Consult your orthopedic doctor or spine surgeon
If not already consulted.see a good Spine surgeon in your area, who can tell you if surgery is needed and if it will improve your condition ...Read more

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I have neck pain really bad, all the time from an accident. Physical therapy doesn't help. Nothing does. Is there surgery available? What to do?!

No simple answer: Neck pain from an accident can have multiple potential causes. Pt is a great place to get started, but there are plenty of other conservative treatments to consider. Surgery for neck pain without any spinal instability is very ineffective. I would ask to be evaluated by a spine/pain specialists to discuss the situation and treatment options. ...Read more

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I may have started exercising too early after thoracic outlet syndrome surgery and don't feel well with back a neck pain. What should I do?

I may have started exercising too early after thoracic outlet syndrome surgery and don't feel well with back a neck pain. What should I do?

Stop exercising...: I suggest you stop exercising, including weight control, at least for now, until you have the opportunity to follow-up with your surgeon. Your surgeon can give you the best idea as to when you can safely begin exercising again. You can apply ice or heat to the area (whichever feels better) and take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for the discomfort. But, if symptoms worsen, go to the ER for treatment! ...Read more

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Can c-hnp cause posteror neck pain? If 3 epidurals. Nsaids. Nerontin didn't relieve painwhat othet options!? Do not want surgery im only 28 yrs.

Can c-hnp cause posteror neck pain? If 3 epidurals. Nsaids. Nerontin didn't relieve painwhat othet options!? Do not want surgery im only 28 yrs.

Radiofrequency?: See if you are candidate for a treatment called radiofrequency ablation. It can relieve your pain and give you some long term relief. Talk with your doctor or a spine specialist. ...Read more

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Last year I had chiari malformation surgery, which helped but recently I've been getting very sick, and also have bad neck pain. Are they related?

Last year I had chiari malformation surgery, which helped but recently I've been getting very sick, and also have bad neck pain. Are they related?

Possible : Probably you should first discuss your issues with the surgeon who did your Chiari surgery. You need to see your physician for an evaluation to be certain there are not other medical problems that may be playing a role here ...Read more

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Cervical hnp diagnosed. Arm shoulder neck pain persist even after various nonsurgical management for a year. Is surgery thr only option? Or stick w nonop

Cervical hnp diagnosed. Arm shoulder neck pain persist even after various nonsurgical management for a year. Is surgery thr only option? Or stick w nonop

See details: Without being able to perform an exam and review MRI results, it is impossible to be precise. However, a year of conservative therapy without improvement is long enough. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned about neck pain todayfollowing dental — gum grafting surgery yesterday?

Should i be concerned about neck pain todayfollowing dental — gum grafting surgery yesterday?

Muscles v disc issue: Holding the neck in a certain position for a while can cause the muscles to be in spasm and pain. Most of us have some disc degeneration over time and holding the neck back can aggravate that. Probably unrelated to the gum surgery. ...Read more

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Could my intense neck pain b caused by cancerous nodule removal surgery I had last year on thyroid? Pain is in the back of neck. Trying 2 find source

Could my intense neck pain b caused by cancerous nodule removal surgery I had last year on thyroid? Pain is in the back of neck. Trying 2 find source

Possibly: Not knowing details of your cancer or the procedure done I cannot judge the likeliness that this is a surgical complication. But persistent pain, especially with your history needs careful assessment. See your doctor to get this checked out. ...Read more

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5 yrs ago had a surgery on 5&6, have a metal plate. Once again -severe neck pain that radiates down back & arms w/ numbness, do I need another surgery?

5 yrs ago had a surgery on 5&6, have a metal plate. Once again -severe neck pain that radiates down back & arms w/ numbness, do I need another surgery?

Maybe: Since you have new symptoms, you need to see your doctor. It is possible that you have nerve compression at the same or a different level than the operation level. ...Read more

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Wife has daily neck pain for 3 years. Has been going to chiropractor, physical therapy, meds, special pillow, electro therapy. Surgery only option?

When someone has: Pain, the idea is to figure out why. You mention treatments she is having but not the diagnosis. Pain is a symptom…what is causing the pain? ...Read more

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I had a c-section a week ago. I got severe throbbing in my neck near the base of my skull during the surgery. Now I have recurring neck pain. Why?

Strongly recommend: You contact your OB doctor. You may well be fine, but this can result after spinal or epidural anesthesia. You'd need to be evaluated to say more, best wishes. ...Read more

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Can someone please look at my MRI report and images and tell me honestly what are the chances of paralysis in the future if I don't have surgery. Numbness and arm pain and neck pain?

Can not say with MRI: Nobody can predict chances of paralysis or progression of your condition without getting a detailed history of your symptoms and when and how it started,if there is history of trauma and response to the treatment
you are getting the right treatment with non steroidals anti inflammatory drugs and Physial therpy. What was the shoulder surgery for.
If not already done consult a good Spine Surgeon ...Read more

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I have occipital neuralgia (neck pain, headaches, light sensitvity.) Upcoming cataract surgery — any meds or ways to prevent a flair up? L

I have occipital neuralgia (neck pain, headaches, light sensitvity.)  Upcoming cataract surgery — any meds or ways to prevent a flair up? L

Occipital Neuralgia: The Best treatments for ON prior to cataract surgery: Prescription muscle relaxants;Anticonvulsant drugs, such as Tegretol (carbamazepine) and Neurontin (gabapentin);Antidepressant medication; Short-term use of local nerve blocks and steroid injections; more info: eyedoc2020 blogspot com ...Read more

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If my liver is between stage 2&3 from hep c & completed treatment should I take hydocodone for neck pain had decompression surgery on 4 5 6 disc?

If my liver is between stage 2&3 from hep c & completed treatment should I take hydocodone for neck pain had decompression surgery on 4 5 6 disc?

Talk to your doctor: Talk to your doctors before you take any medications. Hydrocodone is metabolized in the liver so this is not the drug of choice for you. Your doctor can help you with pain management. ...Read more

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Muscle spasms neck pain. Surgery was suggested doing pt instead. Was on Soma (carisoprodol) 1xday & made funtional. Now doc will only give flexireal non-funtional?

Neck Pain and Spasms: Not a good surgery I know of for neck pain and muscle spasms. If your doc suggested surgery before any other treatments, either you have one serious problem, or one all-too-avid-to-operate-doctor. If studies show nothing serious, try mckenzie pt (need a doc's rx), nsaids, ice/heat, salonpas hot patches. Pilates/yoga/piyo great as well, don't need a rx. Get a 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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Can a wisdom teeth extractions cause referred arm and neck pain? The pain started about a week after the surgery when I went off of the pain meds.

Can a wisdom teeth extractions cause referred arm and neck pain? The pain started about a week after the surgery when I went off of the pain meds.

Possible: Everything is possible, but it could be just coincidental, check back with your dentist, and your physician, depending on the extraction and your medical condition there could be a lot of reasons why you have pain in your arm and your neck., these are not normal post-operative symptoms. ...Read more

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I have cervical spine stenosis. I have received conflictingn opinions fromd re surgery. I have tingling in& some neck pain but my arm s& fingers are f?

I have cervical spine stenosis. I have received conflictingn opinions fromd re surgery. I have tingling in& some neck pain but my arm s& fingers are f?

Surgery Indications: Typically, surgery is indicated when there is moderate to severe spinal stenosis either degenerative in origin or due to a herniated disk. Pain is an indication for surgery, but if your arms are not involved then surgery may be put on hold. Often worsening sensory changes or muscle weakness in the extremities is a definite indication that surgery may be needed. ...Read more

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Is it possiable to have neck pain and back pain after an acdf 7 months after? I have cervical sponilosis as well? Levels c 5-c7

Is it possiable to have neck pain and back pain after an acdf 7 months after? I have cervical sponilosis as well? Levels c 5-c7

All things are : Possible and the fact that you have ongoing neck pain needs to be evaluated to see if your fusion healed and if there are no adjacent level issues in the neck. The same process that caused your neck pain cold also be at work in your lower back. See your spine surgeon to have these issues evaluated. ...Read more

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Four yrs. Post acdf c-5-6/6-7 can't look up, head check while driving, or use a PC due to neck pain and lack of range of motion, normal, permanent?

Four yrs. Post acdf c-5-6/6-7 can't look up, head check while driving, or use a PC due to neck pain and lack of range of motion, normal, permanent?

Not normal: After an acdf at those levels, you would have slightly decreased range of motion- but more with moving your head up and down. The majority of rotation comes from the higher cervical vertebra. You should see a physiatrist to determine the cause of your current symptoms and to recommend a treatment course to address your current lack of function. Also, need to make sure that there are no issues wit. ...Read more

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What to do if I have acdf neck surgery?

What to do if I have acdf neck surgery?

Enjoy: In a properly selected patient, an acdf can be a remarkably successful procedure. Hopefully you will enjoy tremendous pain relief and will follow your surgeons postoperative protocol. ...Read more