I am 6 weeks post-op from 3 level ACDF on C5/6, C6/7, C7/T1 on November 15th.
The pain in the neck and numbness and tingling in the left arm was gone immediately following surgery. Pain at the incision site was awful. But that was to be expected. I also had right handed weakness. Which scared the heck out of me. I couldn't get my hand to work. I thought I had a dang stroke!!!
Hospital Therapy people gave me a foam square thingie to squeeze to get strength back. I would say that is back to about 80-85%. Not back 100%. I also experience numbness in the right hand. Which comes and goes.
I had compression boots on both legs while in the hospital for two days. I felt numbness in my toes on my left foot. Also, my body on the left side felt like it was bruised. But once the compression boots were off I noticed that my body was numb from right under my left breast, all the way down to my toes on my left foot. If I touch my bare skin below the breast with my fingers it is painful. I must sleep with PJ Pants on because when my leg rubs against the sheet it is painful. I get in bed. Get positioned and then try not to move.
My left side and my left foot feel COLD all the time. I get shooting pains in the left side. Sometimes burning sensations, too.
During the day it is painful to walk at times. And I know walking is the best thing for the recovery process. So it ticks me off that it is painful.
The surgeon said that "alot of nerves were moved around. It is gonna take time to settle down." My point of view: Surgery was a success. I am going to have to stay on top of this and eventually get another EMG study done to determine what damage is in there.
How many others have experienced this?