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nerve pain on opposite side from pre-surgery pain ACDF C5/C7

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:40 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I am 4+ months post ACDF C5/7 and have had that same weird nerve pain now starting on the opposite side from before I had the surgery. It has been 3 days of it, and as we all know with nerve pain, it just hurts nonstop -- burning right shoulder, down the right arm, etc. I take Neurontin and Tylenol but nothing else. Is this common after so long? I've had a very fine recovery, all pain gone from the left side, lost weight, exercise by walking. My next dr's appt is at least a month away. I've been kind of hoping it just goes away . . . any advice is appreciated.


  • Hi Laura,

    It is common to have nerve pain following surgery on the opposite side. However I would think by now it would have calmed down. Did the pain start right after surgery or did it come up gradually, and continue to get worse. Keep in mind nerves take a long time to heal. How is your fusion itself coming along? Be sure you are making your surgeon aware of this. They may want to get a CT scan to look more closely at the fusion itself. If by any chance there is a problem of the fusion it could be causing these issues. If the pain is more than you can handle you may want to see about getting a appointment earlier. What dose of nuerotin on you currently using? They may have room to adjust that a bit higher? Have you had any therapy as of yet? Sometimes message therapy can help bring that down as well. Keep us posted on how you do.
  • To answer some of your questions, no did not experience this after the surgery, it was sudden -- past 3 days. I'm on 800 of neurontin a day -- I find more can make me feel a little out of it.
    I emailed my neurosurgeon who said if it doesn't get better in 2-3 days to make an appt. He said most likely I did something that aggravated the nerve and it should improve. Lifting something was most likely the cause
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