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2 months since surgery...

It's been 2 months since my 3 level ACDF. It seemed as though everything was fine, peo-op pain had gone. I had a minor setback with the incision infection, but that cleared. A week or 2 ago, the pre-op pain started to return. Now it's back with a vengeance, in BOTH arms (had only been in left). Had bad tingling in left hand yesterday. still on percocet. Needless to say, I'm a little frustrated. I have a scheduled appointment with surgeon on Friday.
- Vin

3 level ACDF, c3/4, c5/6/7 in May 2012


  • Hi Vin,

    i had my 3 level surgery on 16th may, post op everything was great... no head pain and other pains reduced greatly,

    a gradual return of head pain until now as bad as ever, also most other pain is back but not quite as intense as preop,

    other strange pains now and then, at 5 week review surgeon wasnt concerned at all, he reminded me that he had never promised the pain would go..only might be reduced...

    but with you having new pain... no wonder you are a little frustrated! i am sure you have been careful in your recovery, i know when i push myself too far i have bad pain for days.

    good luck, will be interested what he says to you.

    big hug
  • Vin, sorry that you're back to square 1...or 0. Be prepared for your appointment with your surgeon. He might just say to wait and see because nerves are probably still angry, but that doesn't make the pain go away. Good luck.
    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
  • Good luck with your appt with neurosurgeon and just because we have had surgery doesn't mean the pain is gone. I hope these surgeons don't let pride interfere with their judgment too much. Surgeons need to be confident in themselves I just hope they understand even with the best surgeon everything doesn't go away. Hang in there Vin, I am only one week post op and still have constant pain and wearing hard collar. Hope you have a few lower pain days and sleepful nights, I can't imagine what you go through, I had one level done and wearing hard collar makes sleeping very difficult. God Bless, Joe
    ACDF C5-6 July 10, 2012 with plate and screws.
  • tamtamttamtam Posts: 2,749
    edited 07/18/2012 - 6:34 PM
    Hang in there, to all of you. Keep in mind your body has been through a major surgery and the fact the hardware was placed, your muscles nerves and all have to learn new mechanics as to how they work. Vin, your is a little larger and it will take some time. Although I am glad you are going to see the surgeon. When in doubt don't ever hesitate to call your surgeon's. At the very least they will say not to worry or come in and see them. I will tell you that my surgeon said you need a good year from you and the surgery to really tell how it went. Keep also in mind that your fusions are still healing, and have a long way to go, depending on how fast you fuse, but your muscles been moving that way your whole life and now have to learn a new way. Which why I advocate so strongly the muscles relaxers, and don't be afraid to tell a doctor one is not working, sometimes your body gets used to one and you have to move around on them. Good luck with the appointment and let us know the results.
  • I am 2 years out from a 3 level c4-7.
    I'm still having pains every day. I just had an
    ESI yesterday for c7 & t1. I feel a bit of
    relief now & then. It takes time like tamtam
    has mentioned. The muscles get so angry
    and tense. Good Luck with your appt. & keep us

    ACDF C4-C7 5/13/2010. Synthetic Bone Graft Failed Fusion.
    PCF C4-C7 8/13/13. Rods and Screws Fused in 3 Months with Autograft.
    C6-C7 Spineous process Surgically Shaved Off 3/11/14.
  • for tomorrow Vin, I hope you will get some help.
  • Oh Vin I had such high hopes for you and me. It was so weird to read your post because that is exactly what was happening with me, I had pain in both arms when I only originally had one and now there is something funky going on with my right hand, I cant extend it all the wat back anymore and I even had to remove my watch because it hurt to wear it. I will be interested to see what your surgeon says cause the common come back is post op pain but my pains are so far removed from my surgical area and I am wondering if another disc is involved or have I developed carpul tunnel syndrome where I never had before. Well keep us posted and I wish the best for you and I feel your frustration my friend believe me. Just hang in there! Kim
    3 level ACDF 4/16/12
    Kimberly Martin
  • I was diagnosed with carpul tunnel with an emg involved. I had the surgery for it, did not help. I ended up at a hand specialist and it was a mis diagnosed problem, I had something called dequerveins where the shealth in the wrist becomes very tight like a piano wire, and my right thumb would lock up. I had this condition 22 years ago in my left wrist. I knew the pain was very similar but No One would listen, until I finally found the hand specialist!!! He knew in one quick test I was Mis Diagnosed. My surgeon said to me that is One Smart Hand Specialist. I could not believe he said that to me. My right wrist is fine now, I have more pain in my right hand where they did the carpul tunnel operation, that the dequerveins surgery on my wrist. I hope you a two get some pain relief...it is amazing how other parts of the body Can have issues Not related to the neck, I was shocked that this happened out of the middle of no where, but it did. Hugs-Susie
    ACDF C4-C7 5/13/2010. Synthetic Bone Graft Failed Fusion.
    PCF C4-C7 8/13/13. Rods and Screws Fused in 3 Months with Autograft.
    C6-C7 Spineous process Surgically Shaved Off 3/11/14.
  • Had a follow up today. He said the fusions look great. He was concerned with the continued pain so he perscribed Medrol dosepak...I take it for 5 days for inflamation. He also wants me to start PT. Will keep you posted.
    - Vin

    3 level ACDF, c3/4, c5/6/7 in May 2012
  • welshladywwelshlady Posts: 121
    edited 07/20/2012 - 8:32 AM
    glad the fusions look good Vin, and that your pain level was addressed too, here's hoping it really works well for you!

    hope tomorrow is a good day for you! best wishes TinaAnn

  • That is something that is always good to hear after a fusion surgery.
    You are on your way to feeling much better.
    I hope that the Medrol dosepak will help with the pain.

    Have a great weekend
  • Hi Vin, I hope the steroids work for you, they did not do much for me but I felt PT to be very helpful. Make sure you find one that does manual manipulation because that really helped with scar tissue pain. Keep on top of those excercises because they do help if you keep on top of them. We have to grasp at every straw we can because it takes a little bit of everything to keep us in an upright position. Good Luck with PT Vin and keep us posted. Blessings Kim
    Kimberly Martin
  • About the Fusion. It's also nice that your surgeon
    is addressing your concerns! The PT will help
    you, I also liked the manual manipulation.
    I learned some very helpful exercises.
    My Rom is not even close to where it was
    prior to surgery, I have accepted and I try
    to keep a Positive attitude. Good luck with the
    steroids. Keep us posted Vin.
    Have a nice day! :)
    ACDF C4-C7 5/13/2010. Synthetic Bone Graft Failed Fusion.
    PCF C4-C7 8/13/13. Rods and Screws Fused in 3 Months with Autograft.
    C6-C7 Spineous process Surgically Shaved Off 3/11/14.
  • Thats great Vin! I am so happy that your follow up went so well! Keep us posted.

    Missy, 1 level ACDF C6/C7 Monday July 16th 2012.

  • Good news Vin and wish you nothing but the best in your recovery, remember we are who we are inside and our bodies are our physical transportation device. Wish we could improve our looks with a coat of paint and increase performance with an oil change. LOL. Good luck and God Bless, Joe
    ACDF C5-6 July 10, 2012 with plate and screws.
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