to straighten the spine with rods & screws from T6-L4 in August, 2010 and am still experiencing thoracic nerve and muscle pain on my thoracic spine with 2 vertebrae (or screws?) protruding thru T6,7,8 and am now experiencing terrible muscular headaches again with pain radiating down the neck, arm and hands again. I stopped taking Zanaflex in beginning of November. Should I get back on it? Does anyone think it will help the headaches, neck pain, arm and hand pain?and the thoracic pain from the bones or screws sticking out? None of this pain started to return til at least 2 months after the surgeries. I felt better in Sept and Oct. Now I have to go back to retail work next week. My 6 month check-up is not until Feb 25. I take a pain patch, Skelaxin and Neurontin which doen't seem to help.
I have the same problem with the hardware in my spine. Have you had physical therapy? This condition is usually caused by profound muscle loss. The zanaflex only relaxes the muscles. And it's pretty short acting. My surgeon is taking the hardware out as soon as the vertabrates heal 100%. I'm almost there. Since it's only been 6 months, this won't be an option for you. However, I would discuss this with your surgeon. It sounds like you need better pain control. I know you said you were on the patch. What mcg? And what medication do you take for breakthrough pain? You need to be on very good meds for this type of surgery. Good luck to you and hope you get the relief you need.
so sorry to hear this from the way you describe being on a pain patch it may be Fentanyl you only change it every 3 days, I have been on Roxaxin and a long time ago skelaxin I believe Neurontin is for nerve pain I want you to be safe and have relief at the same time if this does not improve it sounds like the best thing to do is call the office and leave the doctor a message and the drug you discontinued just tell him and ask if that makes a difference if you don't see results and you continue this call them back I broke vertrabres in my back and I am in constant pain and I totally understand I hope I have helped
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