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Headaches after acf

JambamJJambam Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:57 AM in New Member Introductions
I am 4 month post op. 1 level fusion c4-5 with allograph, plate, & screws. C5-6 was fused from birth. My concern is the severe headaches I have had daily since surgery. Most develop early in the morning, others develop later throughout the day. I had headaches before surgery but not daily... Is this normal? Will this last forever?? My surgeon is getting ready to send me to a headache specialist....any thoughts would be appreciated...


  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    I'm not sure what is normal and not normal...but it is great you let your doc know about it right away. Good communication is crucial.

    Going to headache specialist sounds like a good idea. I used to have severe migrains..and when finally to headache specialist...they did all the tests first to r/o situations that could be happening in your head. It's not like they just started medicating the headaches.

    So a new set of eyes on your new headaches sounds like a win/win. I know it's painful. Hopefully, your tests to r/o and a diagnosis with pain relief will happen soon.

    Good luck to you! Keep in touch!
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  • hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. Savage is so right about getting to a doctor.. that would be the best idea and i am glad your doctor is considering this.. if he does not, you should get to one on your own.. good luck on the rest of your recovery going well. stop by the forum anytime. Jenny :)
  • I hope things are getting better for you. I have a similar situation, and am very VERY curious as to how you are doing, and what you are doing for the headaches.

  • I hope things are getting better for you. I have a similar situation, and am very VERY curious as to how you are doing, and what you are doing for the headaches.

  • I think its prety comon with spine parients that get the head aches, i never had head aches untill after my back surgery,

    It would make sense the pain signals and the muscle tenssion causes the nerves to go in to overdrive that ends at the base of your neck, and can cause major head aches. I dont think its unusual,

    If the muscle relaxers dont help then usualy have to take something else to help the head aches, This is the reason i asked my pain dr if its ok to take ibuprofen with my meds because usualy that helps,

    Of course if you suspect its something more serious then that then i would go see a specialist, Good luck
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
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