I had an acdf c6/c7 in July 2012, everything was good for about 6 weeks after the op then I felt a massive click in my neck and started to get the pain again, which has gradually grown worse, to the point that the pain is worse now than before the op. My surgeon had the attitude that nothing could possibly have gone wrong with his work but didn't suggest any further tests to check where the pain was. I was referred to a different hospital for a 2nd opinion and my consultant there has been fab. Had x rays the same day then MRI booked in etc. I saw her again after the MRI and she said that fortunately where I had the op everything looks fine but I need a cervical epidural injection for pain management and hopefully after this I'll be able to gradually reduce my morphine, I'm awaiting a date for this injection to be done.
Over the past few weeks I have been waking with pains in my elbows and knees, felt really stiff all over, I have insomnia, and even when I do sleep often wake feeling as though I haven't had any sleep at all. I feel so fatigued and depressed all the time. I saw the gp yesterday who didn't know what to say and it was me telling him what to do - get on top of the depression and that might sort the insomnia! Is all these symptom due to the meds I'm on or could it be something else? Currently I'm on 100mst a day, naproxen, paracetamol, venlafaxine, gabapentin which I'm reducing as I want to come off them as they interact with the morphine, and oramorph. Any advice would be gratefully received.