Hi everyone. I posted here a few times after my two level ACDF last fall and received some very helpful responses. You are a very supportive and knowledgeable group. I forgot my login info so I had to create a new one.
I am wondering if anyone has experienced painful nerve regeneration after a period of calm after their ACDF. I was completely pain-free, with the exception of the usual muscle spasms, after my ACDF for about 4 months. At the beginning of month 5 my arm started twitching all the time in all different spots. At month 7 the burning in my armpit and down my triceps began (my C7 root was badly compressed for 2 1/2 years). The pain is nowhere near what it was pre-surgery and it is not constant but tends to come and go (50% of the time nerve pain, the other 50% is fine). It is definitely the painful nerve burning though. The back of my armpit and my elbow at the radial nerve twitches all the time and all the muscles in my forearm are in a constant state of spasm.
My physio tests my strength every two weeks and I am stronger than ever. My triceps, back and hand muscles on the left side were wasted pre-surgery but are now stronger than the right due to physio exercises. So there is no motor weakness involved with this pain and twitching.
I will be seeing a neurologist for testing in a few weeks but of course am imagining all sorts of horrible other things it could be. My doctor thinks it is nerve regeneration but reallly doesn't know for sure.
Anyone else experience anything like this?