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16 weeks post posterior cervical laminectomy

MaregoldMMaregold Posts: 46
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am now officially 16 weeks post-op c5-6 posterior cervical laminectomy? I had immediate relief from the left neck, shoulder, arm and hand pain. No more numbness in my hand! What I have been left with is a 24/7 burning in my trapezius muscle. It's unrelentlless. I take muscle relaxers twice daily, anti-inflammatories, and still need percocet almost every evening. Has anyone else had this experience? I'm at my wits end.


  • Hi Maregold. I had that kind of pain after surgery, and after my surgeon assessed it, and said it was likely the muscles were inflamed and pinching the nerves in the area. I had a massage and was able to go back on Humira, and with that, painkillers and muscle relaxants, it has resolved.

    I hope you have relief soon.

    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
  • MetalneckMetalneck Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,364
    It has often been described by us that have had posterior cervical work done as "like being hit across the shoulders and neck by a baseball bat"

    Would that description fit?

    Time can heal .... I'm not sure how much time ... but thats what I've heard.

    Tick tick tick tick - sorry you are going through this, You are not alone.


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  • It is like a stinging smack, isn't it? I have an appointment with a PT who specializes in chronic pain. I drive daily in my role as a community health nurse, so I have to get this thing under control. I really appreciate all the support and information I get from this forum. Thanks, guys.
  • Hi, Karen,
    Thank you for your encouraging words. I'm glad things worked out for you. May I ask how long your recovery took? I thought I did a fairly good job at resurching this procedure before I had the posterior cervical laminectomy, but I missed this potential outcome.
  • edited 01/06/2013 - 8:41 AM
    Hello Maregold! Just checking in to see if you still have this burning in Trapezius following the surgery- and if you found any way to lessen it? After I received a posterior laminectomy/ facetectomy/ discectomy of c4-c7 I have a strange burning in my traps which always gets worse after lifting anything. It seems to burn and twitch/tingle in a rather creepy kind of way.
    I haven't been able to lift anything more than 5 pounds since my 2 level ACDF so I am cautiously optimistic that everything will have healed so that I can eventually resume a full and relatively pain-free life. Any pointers from you would be greatly received as I am soon meeting with a physiatrist to address biomechanical issues about my back/neck.

  • I am just chipping in here, I hope you don't mind.
    I was wondering if my assumption that you had your 2 level ACDF first, and then needed your posterior laminectomy/facetectomy/discectomy of C4/7.

    I am recovering from a 2 level ACDF of C3/4/5 (nearly 9 weeks ago). My surgeon has said that I may need to have another surgery from the back later. I know that I have nerve root compression from C4 to C7. So far, I haven't had much relief from my ACDF, but the surgeon says that there is still time for improvement of my symptoms.

    I am also wondering why you couldn't lift more than 5 pounds after your ACDF. My right hand/wrist if very weak, stopping me lifting anything of any weight at all. It feels like I have sprained my wrist. Is this anything like your symptoms?

    I hope that your burning in the trapezius will go soon. How long ago was your surgery?
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