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Problems 9 months later SUGGESTIONS PLEASE

frenchfriffrenchfri Posts: 325
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:55 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Hi all, As tell I had an MRI a few months ago and also listed my recovery since my 2 level ACDF. I have had some bizarre symptoms and went to a variety of doctors - no reals answers. Short version:
hands turn ice cold to just cool, at times reddish and bluish fingertips and sometimes swollen not terrible.
Still get tingling in my shoulders and shoulder blade region and my mid back along with knots and have been told that both symptoms are muscle spasms.
My ROM have increased up/down and right/left. Will probably never get ear to shoulder back.
Have been to a vascular surgeon - good blood flow to the hand. Went to a hand specialist - since no real pain wouldn't do anything but noticed that when my arm is lifted above my head in a certain manner the pulse decreases in the area. Never gave me a good explanation or reason. I do back to my OSS in 2 weeks and want to ask some intelligent questions and have a plan. I did some research: Can it be TOS or RSD in the early stages. Would a stellate block be helpful or something else? I thought I would be back to myself and be able to do what ever I wanted to at this point. I am still glad that I had the surgery but amazed at the recovery time and issues. Any suggestions PLEASE PAY ON!!
Thank you all and have a painfree and enjoyable weekend.
Okay, I went back to the OSS a few months ago. Generally speaking the MRI from post surgery was fine.
Straightening of the cervical lordosis and cervical dexroscoliosis
C2-3 buldging without central or foraminal compromise
C3-4 buldging without central or forminal stenosis
c4-5 diffuse buldging with effacement of the ventral thecal sac no forminal stenosis
C5-6 no central or forminal stenosis
C6-7 no central or foraminal compromise
C7 - T1 unremarkable
T1-2 buldging

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12/9/2010 ACDF C5-6 C6-7 with plate, screws,
BMP & bone fragment filled cages due to DDD, arthritis, herniated disks, pinched nerves
2/14/2011 trying to go back to work as a teacher
2/17/2011 starting PT
at 6 week check no bone growth
bone stimulator 4 hours a day
PT as of 2/21 through 5/2011
still concerned
3/14/2011 BONE GROWTH seen on x rays
3 months saw a little bit of bone growth (YEAH)
4/15/2011 Home Tens Unit
June 2011 end plate bone growth not more bone stimulator
July 2011 going to a massage therapist 2 - 3x a week


  • I know this is an old post, but I started to get the same symptoms you were experiencing around a couple of months ago. Now, I get some warm sensations and sometimes tingling, pins and needles.

    How are you doing now? Just thought I'd ask if you have improved at all! Hope you are doing better and symptoms went away. :)
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
  • I was rear ended in Sept 2011. Still dealing with the pain and issues from that. Lumber bulging and a tear with fluid leak. Going for a stellate ganglion block to see if it helps with the swelling, temp and color changes in hands. Then I may go for a trigger point injection to help. How are you feeling?
  • My hands just go through stages of being cold and warm sensations, but I've never had swelling or color changes. Did you doctor ever say why this is happening to your hands? Do you still have pain? I'm actually more concerned about the cold, tingling sensations in my feet and sometimes in my legs. I have an appointment with the physiatrist next Tuesday.

    Sorry you developed lumbar issues from an accident! I'm in the same boat, except I have no idea how I herniated my lumbar. It's not that bad, but it's there. Let me know if the ganglion block or trigger point injection works.
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
  • I went for the Stellate Ganglion Block which is supposes to stop the sympathetic nervous system (SNS)to stop misfiring (I think). It was used as a diagnostic tool to see if in fact I have RSD. It was done with light sedation. No pain! After the injection, 30 minutes later the color and temp changes were amazing.The reddish was pretty much gone and my fingers and left hand resumed to a natural color and the temperature went from ice cold to average. Amazing! So they feel that I do have RSD. They recommend a series of blocks as there is a cumulative effect. I go back to the pain management dr on Tuesday. I was a bit groggy when I was talking to him so I want more clarification. From what I recall only 1x a month he preforms injections on a Saturday otherwise it is on a Friday. Not to happy about having to take off 4-6 consecutive Fridays. Doesn't look too good as a teacher or in any job. I will find out if every other week will work. I still get the tingling and pins and needles which I think is nerve pain. My feet are also affected and get very hot and sweat. I have to change my socks and sneakers at times. Bizarre. Good luck and let me know how you make out.
  • I hope the series of blocks work for you! I'm assuming you will need to get this done all the time and there is no cure? Glad to hear it went well.

    I'll let you know how my meeting with the physiatrist goes. My biggest complaint is the tingling, warm and cold sensations in my feet. A few nights ago, I woke up because my left leg was considerably warmer than the right. This only lasted for less than 1 minute and I fell back asleep. :/
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
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