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Hi, I am new to the forum and have been looking through all the information here!

I had ACDF surgery, 2 levels (with titanium plate), on December 19. My symptoms before surgery included headache and neck pain since this spring progressing to tingling in hands and feet, shooting nerves, and muscle trembling over most of my body. Before the surgery, my neurosurgeon told me I should be able to return to work this week, but the way I'm feeling now I highly doubt it.

After the surgery, my headache and shooting nerves were much better, but still neck pain, tingling, and muscle trembling. For a while, I thought I was progressing, starting to walk for longer periods of time. Now, however, I feel I am going backwards. If I walk a little bit or try to do simple things, the tingling/trembling ramps up and my legs may get heavy. Not sure if some of it is due to putting my neck in a wrong position a few times (I was not given a collar to wear) really hurt this weekend when I lay back on the bed, missing the pillow. I generally feel much better when I'm lying down or sitting. I have to admit that I've been feeling pretty low, but I'm lucky to have a great husband who tries to cheer me up.

I'm seeing my neurosurgeon Tuesday, so hopefully I can get some answers. I also look forward to exploring this site further and benefitting from everyone's experience.




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