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DentaldebDDentaldeb Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:56 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello all!
It is just 3 weeks since I had a discetomy and fusion on C4,C5,C6,C7. It was performed at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix and I can't rave enough about the group and specifically my outstanding surgeon Dr. ABC. With a multitude of spinal issues this was not my first spinal surgery, but it was definitely the most difficult and for sure the most painful!

I am finding that although I can now make it longer without pain meds (which I hate to take and fear addiction to) the pain in my arm and particularly my shoulder and deltoid muscle is driving me nuts. I started PT and have had two sessions. I am an avid tennis player and exercise enthusiast and so I am following my directions to the letter as I don't want any set-backs since I am so anxious to get back on the court. I also don't do well with inactivity so I walk a lot and "putter" around doing as much as I am permitted to do. I know I am down for the count for at least 3 months and understand that my Miami J Collar will be a daily accessory for a while.

The spasms between my shoulder blades are much better and the horrific headaches I would get in the back of my head are greatly reduced. Anyone else find the arm pain being the one component to take the longest to improve. I had a synovial cyst removed from L5 a number of years ago and I couldn't believe how quickly I got relief. Also had a posterior frenomonoty in December of last year (which failed by the way) and although the results were not what we hoped for, I bounced back within days then too. I'm right handed and the pain happens to be on the left side thank goodness.

Hoping to hear from someone who also found the arm pain to seem to heal the slowest. I am patient, but will admit that I'm hoping this will recover sooner than later. Good to have you all with me on this journey. Misery loves company sometime. ;)

Post edited to remove Dr's name. Forum rules prohibit the specific naming of doctors

Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Administrator 09/03/11


  • Hey, we're twins, kinda.. I had an ACDF 3 level fusion on August 29th in Orlando Florida - C4-C7 too. Please tell me more of your story on how this happened to you and how you are holding up. You are several weeks ahead of me in the healing process.

    I did have terrible arm pain, numb and tingling, and pins and needles. And worse feeling like a knife behind my left shoulder blade. It was there for about a month or so before I had my epidurals. They really helped get rid of most of the pain. (I had 3). However because of all my bone spurs the epidurals started wearing off only one month after the last one. Thankfully for me, i scheduled surgery right away. Arm hurt bad morning of surgery, and no arm pain now. I'm praying it will stay that way. My heart goes out to you as I know how bad that can be!!

    I'm a 47 yo female, married, and healthy. Loved the eliptical machine and hip hop classes before this came to light 4 months ago. I too am being very careful. Need to keep all those screws exactly where they should be!

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