I'm new here but I figured I'd tell my story so you would understand what I've been going through. I have spent hours online looking for someone else with my situation but I can't find anything so I'm reaching out on here.
3.5 years ago I started experiencing neck pain. I didn't see a doctor until a few weeks later when my left arm, hand, and fingers began to tingle and go numb. They did some xrays but they didn't show anything wrong. When the pain and numbness continued, they decided to do an MRI. That revealed two bulging discs in my C5/C6 and C6/C7. So then my doctor referred me to an orthopedic surgeon to discuss options. He recommended doing steroid injections directly in my neck, so I went in to a pain management clinic for an injection. It did nothing to relieve my pain or symptoms so I was sent to physical therapy. After 4 sessions it was just making my pain worse and made the numbness worse. By this time 6 months had passed so we tried the steroid injections once again and it still didn't work so they tried muscle relaxers, which didn't help. So a few months later I began taking Tramadol 50mg 3x a day while also going to a neurosurgeon. This neurosurgeon said that I was too young for surgery since the MRI showed bulging discs and that they should heal on their own in time. So I continued to take the Tramodol in hopes that it would eventually heal. After another year of this, my pain management doctor suggested another surgeon. That surgeon ordered an updated MRI, at which time they found that one of the discs had fully herniated. Still, this new surgeon refused to operate because I was "too young." So my pain management doctor referred me to yet another surgeon. This time they agreed to a cervical artificial disc replacement surgery. So I finally had the operation on May 20, 2019. Shortly after my surgery I went in to see my pain management doctor to be tapered off of the Tramodol because I was no longer in need of it. All seemed to be going well until around two weeks ago when I started experiencing severe pain deep in my cervical spine. The only way I can describe it is that it's a severe, deep, throbbing pain near the artificial disc. I have also had some infrequent headaches starting in the back of my head going to my eyes. So then my surgeon prescribed me prednisone last week in case there was any swelling. This did nothing. So today I went in to talk to him and get xrays, which revealed that everything looks normal. So I don't understand why I am in such terrible pain. I trust my doctor but this has me concerned. I don't know if I should get a second opinion or if I should just wait it out and deal with the pain. Has anyone ever had anything like this happen?
Thank you for reading.