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RE: Burning Sensation After Neck Spinal Surgery

Greetings Forum Members, I recently had rods inserted in my 5th and 6th vertebra and the surgery was performed via the front of my neck. The surgery itself was a complete success!!. However, I have been experiencing very severe burning sensation right between my shoulders. It feels as if my skin is literally on fire, but there is no redness, no puffiness or anything. I went back for my first Doctors visit recently and he prescribed Lidocaine patches...they're not working. What do I do now? Someone please tell me that this condition is temporary, I don't know what to do :(


  • Yes that is quite normal. It could be the nerves getting used to things or the muscles gaining strength. You may need to do some physical therapy. How long ago was your surgery?
    ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011

    Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.

    Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg
  • Try Gabapentin 3 times a day. The burning you feel are the nerves firing off into the muscles and trying to heal the torn muscles after anterior surgery.
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