Just home today from C5/6 and C6/7 ACDF.
Before the surgery I had burngin, numbness and tingling post surgery most significantly in left shoulder, down arm and into hands. I also had right leg numbness and tingling all the way from hip to my toes (like my foot feel asleep and was waking up) a lot.
Most of that seems gone, but the left shoulder muscle spasms are intense and have been my biggest complaint. It was controlled in the hospital with a morphine pump.
Got home today at 3pm and it is utterly screaming right now and hurts just as much as it did right after surgery.
Taking valium and hydrocondone 325 aceminaphen (sp). Learned I will have to set my alarm to get up for those doseages.
My surgeon told me that these muscle spasms symptoms are pretty characteristic after surgery due he positiion they pull the shoulders down into during the ADCF.
Anyone else experience this. How long does it last!. I'm wishing I had my morphine pump!!
Good note: Surgeon said I had extensive bone spurring which eliminated the need to take bone grafts from my hips, so no incisions.
He also said time will tell about any permanent damage, but he expects at least 90% improvement with time.