DDD - Going for 2nd surgery

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DDD - Going for 2nd surgery

Hello. This my first post to the group. I have been suffering with neck pain and arm pain since the beginning of January. I have not been able to lift my right arm since January. I had a cervical fusion and discectomy of C-3 through C-6 in February which helped alleviate some of my right arm pain but still cannot lift my right arm. I am now having problems with my left arm. Pain between my shoulder blades and then radiating down my left arm with tingling in arm and hand. My Dr. explained to me that I had so much damage on the right side that he only concentrated on the right side because at that time I was not having symptoms on the left. I have also been having problems with my neck cracking that causes severe pain and also causes headaches in the front and back of my head. I am scheduled for another surgery in November. This time the doctor said he will be going through the front and the back of the neck. I have been taking Tramadol and Diazepam for the pain which does not do much for me. I haven't been able to work or drive a car since the beginning of January. I cannot sit upright in a chair for more then a few minutes. I have also been having pain lately down the middle of my back and into my legs which I did not have before my first surgery. Has anyone else had problems with there back and legs from the cervical spine. I am getting concerned that I may have more damage in my back. My MRI's were only of the cervical spine.

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You can absolutely get issues with your legs with cervical spine, I certainly do.
I would definitely get a second opinion if possible.

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