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2 wks post op acdf with bad headaches

nuk_winsnnuk_wins Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:03 AM in Recovering from Surgery
I am 2 weeks post op. I had acdf c5-c6 with no complications. My recovery has gone better than I expected however I have been experiencing excruciating headaches for 4 days now with low grade fever. I am curious as to whether this is a normal recovery experience?


  • pretty common in recovery, due to muscle spasms, lack of oxygen/bloodflow due to tissue swelling etc.
    Also, if you take narcotic pain killers, you might get headaches from that. Some people are sensitive to them and headaches are a known side effect.

    HOWEVER, running a low grade fever after surgery, always needs to be checked up!
    It can be anything and perhaps unrelated to both surgery and headaches, but that is for your doctor to determine.
    Call them and have it sorted out.

    Best of luck,
    Cause: car accident & genetics
    Effect: herniations C4-7, stenosis, osteoarthritis, myelopathy, neuropathy
    Non-invasive Treatment: everything under the sun
    Invasive Treatment: 2 level ACDF, C5 & C6, May 2012
    Moving Forward: SCS
  • I would definately call the doctor. A fever after surgery needs to be checked out.
  • By chance to the headaches subside when you lie down? If so it might be a spinal fluid leak.
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