Hi, all! I am a survivor of 2 fusions, the second of which I'm still recovering from. The first was T11-L1 and this last one was C4-7.
My question is regarding the face and head symptoms. From everything I read, those kinds of symptoms only happen with C1 & C2 problems. But the day after the surgery my head & face already felt tons better, although now, 2 weeks after the surgery, I still get some symptoms when I'm tired, etc.
My physical therapist says that there are some nerves that loop down from the head to C4, but I can't find anything else about this. All I know is I had these symptoms and now they're much better, after the surgery. My head/face symptoms included:
* numbness, mostly lower half of face, but sometimes all my face or even whole head
* occasional dropping of my jaw accompanied by gasp of air; this happened when I'd been talking a fair amount
* facial swelling
That's all I can remember right now. I'd appreciate some explanation about how I could have those symptoms when the problem in my neck was at C4-7. I had other lower body symptoms too, but that seems pretty clear, so I don't have any questions about those, and that's not counting the horrid pain I had in my neck.
Thanks for any help in understanding this.