I'm 6 days post-op cervical posterior foraminotomy for herniation at C6-7 which is pressing on the C7 nerve root.
My question is whether the pain I'm experiencing is post-op and to be expected, or is it possibly recurrence of the nerve pain meaning the disc has herniated further? Except for the expected stiffness and muscle spasms, I was pain free for the first 3 days post-op and then on the 4th day my shoulder started to hurt again very similarly to the pre-op pain, and I occasionally have arm pain like I did before. There never was any numbness to deal with, just pain. Oxycodone and Robaxin control the pain well enough that I can do my usual day-to-day things, although I'm taking it easy and not lifting more than 10 lbs, as instructed. Sometimes I have burning pain over my spine in the surgical area which goes away in maybe half an hour.
The surgeon told me it would take up to a month to realize results from the surgery but I felt better while still in the hospital so naturally to have the pain return is kind of depressing. Am I expecting too much, too soon?
My first post-op appointment is in 2 days and I know I can ask my questions then, but thought I'd see what others have experienced with this surgery.
Thanks in advance, and best wishes to all of you who have back pain. I have empathy for you!
2009 Foraminotomy C6-72010 PLIF L4-S1Multi RFA's, cervical inj, lumbar injLaminectomy L3-4 and fusion w/internal fixation T10-L4 July 17Fusion C2-C5 yet to be scheduled