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4 level acdf

I have right shoulder pain is this normal post surgery.
diter kress


  • Welcome to Spine Health!

    It would be helpful if you could give some more information along with your question.
    How long ago did you have your surgery?
    Did you have this pain before your surgery?
    What sort of level of pain are you experiencing?

    I have just had a 2 level ACDF (C3/4 and C4/5) and have had pain in the back and sides of my neck, shoulders and upper arms. I believe that this is normal, and my surgeon did warm me about it before my surgery.

    I think you will find that this site is a friendly place with lots of other spinal sufferers who are willing to share their experiences.
  • Hi there, Elad:

    Welcome. I recently had ACDF C3/4 C4/5 about 3 weeks ago. I have not had the pain you are speaking about, but I would encourage you to contact your surgeon's office and speak with the nurse or the surgeon to ask that question.

    Since each person is different, it is important that your surgeon is aware of what is going on for you.
    While this forum can definitely be helpful, it shouldn't be a substitute for checking things out with someone close to your situation.

    The only "pain" I have felt since my surgery is some muscle strain at the left side of my neck, but I am aware that the way I hold my neck either triggers it or not.

    I really would contact your surgeon - not in an emergency manner - but just because s/he needs to know what is going on with you.

    I wish you well.
    10/26/2012 ACDF C3/4 C4/5 surgery
    No pain; no pain meds - thank goodness!
    04/01/2013 - 5 months + 1 week - FUSED
    Doing some physical therapy for even better range of motion
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