I'm 3 1/2 weeks postop from Posterior cervical fusion with hardware to stabilize non-union after having two separate ACDF's on C5/6, then C4-6. My screws had wallowed around and I hadn't fused at all.
Everything has healed on the outside, still have that sunburned X 10 feeling across my whole neck and upper shoulders, tightness in the neck muscles/spasms. Pain is manageable, except for when I reach out to get something from the cabine with my left arm or reach back to get the seatbelt or try to scratch with my left arm bending the elbow and going up a bit or when putting on my shirt to get my left arm in the arm hole...I get this very sharp kniving pain like I'm being hacksawed almost in my neck on the left side. My incision is about 6 to 7 inches long and numb on the left side to the touch and scratch. It lets off after just a few seconds but is very intense.
Just wondering if anyone else that's had Posterior neck surgery has experienced this with arm movement. I know I still have a little swelling and my incision is lumpy and it's early. But this pain brings tears to my eyes and once it happens, it happens anytime the rest of the day that I use my left arm. After sleeping the night, the next day it's less as long as I keep my arm down and don't raise it. I also have more burning pain after this happens the rest of the day too. Could I be pulling an internal stitch on the muscles or pinching a nerve? It has an electric pins and needle feel to it. I called the nurse, but she just said to act like I'm in an upper body cast and it's just too early unless my incision opens up. I go back in two more weeks, but this is really bothering me. I'm panicking that this isn't normal.
They used BMP and my bone marrow mixed together and put it between the back of the vertebras after making them bleed (this is what I was told)???? And then added the screws and I guess a rod. I had 10 day checkup xrays (front and side), but I didn't really see too much...since I still have the plate in the front and those screws. It all looked like just a bunch of screws everywhere to me.
I've had nothing but bad luck with my spine and it continues to degenerate. I still have one more surgery planned after this all heals up to add C6/7 to the mess but he couldn't do it until I'd fused and he has somewhere to put more screws in. I have swiss cheese already. Scarey to me! My C6/7 has no disc, so I'm wondering if that's what is making the left arm neck pain deal, but the nurse wasn't helpful and just brushed me off. ARGH! I know, if it hurts, don't do it!! knocking myself in the head if I could.