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New member - No pain prior to surgery but have now ?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical

6 years ago i had an accident at the gym and at the time thought that i had strained a muscle in my neck, after a few weeks of pain, a heavy arm, tingling in the fingers, loss of sensation in the opposite leg i visited that physio and was sent straight to the hospital, MRI followed that showed a bulging disc at C6-7 which was pushing on the chord. The pain subsided and i was left with the loss of sensation in the leg. I was very active and was frightened of the prospects of the operation and so put it off until late last year when my other arm began to feel heavy.

I was referred back to the hospital, however by the time the appointment came through the pain had again subsided.

The surgeon decided that this was an indication that there was further movement and so an operation was arranged.

I had the operation last 10 days ago, a decompression, fusion and bone graft from the hip.

I was impressed by the fact that i had no pain in the neck or throat, ate that afternoon with no problems other than the discomfort of the bone graft from the hip. I was discharged 2 days later and felt fine, however 2 days later i felt some real discomfort on the shoulder blade, tingling on the fingers and am now finding it difficult to sleep even with the pain killers.

The surgeon ishappy with the result of the operation stating that the spinal chord was found to be bruised.

I have read a few threads relating to post op pain and am still hoping that this is due to being 'pulled about' during the procedure and so pressuming that the pain will decrease in time........... This is my hope anyway..!

I have an appoinment with the surgeon in 4 weeks but am waiting to hear back from them to see if this is the norm.


  • Hi Jack. Kattoo is right - you're really too soon out of surgery to expect no pain. It sounds like you're having muscle spasms in your back - do you take any muscle relaxers? I still have to take them 5 months after my surgery along with the occasional pain med. It also sounds like your nerves are trying to recover.

    That being said, I'm not a doctor so it might be worth a call to your surgeon to make sure, but I've felt the symptoms you're experiencing after surgery.

  • Everytime im ready to throw in the white towel and have surgery I come on hear and get scared,

    hope you feel better...my name is Jack also.
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