3 weeks post ACDF - shoulder pain, tingling hands, can't sleep on my back
Hi everyone. I was diagnosed with these herniated disks in 2006. After trying conservative treatment and therapy, the pain in my neck, muscle spasms and tingling in my left arm/hand become unmanageable. I'm 3 weeks post-op from ACDF c3-4,c5-6. My surgery was about 5 hours long. My surgeon said that I has a lot of bleeding during the procedure. At this point, I'm still needing the prescribed Vicoden at least twice a day with Tylenol in the middle of the day.
Since the surgery I've had my right arm (previously no symptoms). Also, depending on the position I sleep in, my hands are tingling. I cannot sleep on my back, partly because of the tingling, partly because of pressure in my throat. I've begun a walking regimen but when I get home, my throat feels as if there's a golf ball stuck in there.
Food tastes bland... I don't know anyone who's had this procedure and the internet doesn't really provide much info beyond this website.
Can anyone shed some light or share their experience? I'm so ready to be well, I'm following my dr's orders. I'll have my first xray on Dec. 16th.
Thanks, I appreciate it.