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numb around incision

gethealthyggethealthy Posts: 303
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:35 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I wondered if anyone else had numbness and tightness around their incision and if so how long does it take for that feeling to go away. I told the nurse and she said that's common.

I thought the tightness was from my ster strips but I'm slowly taking them off per nurse's instruction and the tightness is still there. When I swallow the right side of my neck around the incision feels weird. The back of my head feels weird too.


  • Hello Lynn,

    I had C3-6 done Dec. 9, 2008 with plate and cage, lots of bone spurs also. I have a long 4" scar and my neck area was also numb but the feeling came back in a few months. I now have a bulge at C7 with lot of pain, tried PT, shots and epidural with no luck, I go see a new NS Sept 10th.
    Good luck, it will get better.
  • Hello Lynn,
    The numbness will go away over time, we all heal at different rates. The swallowing issue is the same, I am still at times having some problems swallowing. My last acdf was March 08, it is better but not 100 per cent and I am not sure it will ever be. Just hang in there, things do get better.
  • It seems that one surgery leads to another. But I see that I just skipped a surgery. I was suppose to have one years ago for one level and it spread to 3 so I guess there's no escaping it.
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