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11 weeks post ACDF C4-C7. Tinging in both legs and feet?

winnahwwinnah Posts: 36
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Recovering from Surgery
I am recovering from a 3 level ACDF surgery. So far things are pretty OK with my neck, but the last couple of weeks I have noticed off and on tingling in both lower legs and feet. Its not really painful, just tingly and I notice my feet are cold most of the time. It still IS a little cold here in Oregon, but I havent noticed cold feet in the past.
I mentioned it to my NS but he just said it couldnt be from my surgery and must be from my lower back. (I also have bulging discs in my lower back, and siatica from time to time, but nothing we have really gotten into because my neck was so bad.
I am wondering if anyone else has had tingling in both feet and any suggestions of what my next step should be? Do I go to a neurologist on my own or ask my NS for a referral? Or wait awhile and see if it goes away? My PC Dr would be of NO help, after 8 visits in 9 months she still wouldnt give me a referral for a MRI for my neck, even after my arm would go numb everytime I turned my head to the left and I ended up getting an appointment for a NS on my own. By the time I saw the NS and got an MRI, he ordered me not to drive, no working and surgery ASAP, my spinal compression was that bad. My PC finally referred me to a NS after she saw copies of my MRI (pre surgery) the first opening with that hospital for a consult was May of 2013! Needless to say, I went with the NS I contacted on my own.
I think I will be switching to a PC in the same hospital group as my NS in the near future.


  • Hi Winnah,

    Just curious, did your symptoms subside? I ask because i am now 6 weeks out from an acdf at c 4-5 and 5-6. my recovery was immediate. the tingling went away and i was up and walking ect... right away. about 4 weeks post op i developed new tingling/burning in my left hand and both feet. dr says it is normal and part of the healing process. he says it is too early to be concerned and if it gets really bad he will prescribe a 5 day dose of steroids. I am considering doing this and i am curious as to whether your symptoms just resolved. i hope so.
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