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ACDF C6-C7 with Hardware

89ponyman889ponyman Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi everyone I'm new to this forum and just had some questions.

I'm two weeks post op after ACDF C6-C7 with Hardware surgery.


Severe right shoulder, arm and hand numbness, sharp shooting pains, burning feeling like fire from inside out etc for 6 straight weeks nonstop.

MRI Diagnosis: Herniated disc C6-C7 pushing on spinal cord.

Post-Op ACDF C6-C7 with Hardware 04/03/2012

Day 1-2: Still severe arm/shoulder pain
Hard to Swallow, Neck Pain

Week 2: Not constant arm pain but still presents itself at random movements of my body etc. Neck feels much better.

My question is all and all I am starting to feel pretty good but when I sneeze I have so much pain I almost pass out for a few minutes. I feels like my head and arm want to fall off. Is this pretty typical?


  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    Hi and welcome to SH.

    It sounds like you're doing pretty normal for so early in your recovery. I remember those sneak up on you sneezes!! Yep, pretty typical.

    You had major surgery and it takes time to recover--some more than others. I remember having arm pain return shortly after my surgery and thinking--well, that was all for nothing! It went away though and so far, hasn't returned thankfully.

    Take care and don't overdo it to soon. Follow all orders/restrictions from your surgeon. Mine didn't give me any so I did pretty much my normal routine. I did do a lot of walking post op because it helped with the muscle spasms. I think walking is the best thing you can do to get your strength back faster.

    Keep us posted on your progress.
  • Thank you for your thoughts. I do walk alot and do alot already. Probably more than I should but I am so f***ing bored. I thought it might be nice to have some time off at first but now I am dieing to go back to work after only 2 weeks. Well I will post the time frame my sneezes / big burps feel better and my arm pain stops altogether. Thanks everyone, I feel your pain.
  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    Boredom! Prior to any/all surgeries I've had I'll think, I'm gonna sit back and do nothing for however long they tell me to. That usually works for 2-3 days then here I go. lol.

    Wanted to tell you to watch out for those yawn/stretch moments that sneak up on you too. I remember my first big stretch (arms over head) after my acdf! I did it without thinking and got a huge pop and pain out of it. Thought I'd broke a screw or something but nope, all was well.

    Take care,
  • Well new update.

    First car ride yesterday - 1.5 hours long in total for follow-up appointment.

    Collar now off. Woo-Hoo

    Woke up today and now my shoulder is sore as hell. Feels like pre-surgery but without the added arm nerve pain.

    Guessing this is normal and now I know what everyone meant about the "1st car ride". lol
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