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