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C5-6 Cervical Fusion Post Op questions

I had C5-6 cervical fusion 5 weeks ago. I had C6-7 fusion 7 years ago, with no problems afterward. I just went back to work (a new job) this past week with instructions to not lift anything over 15 lbs, no twisting or bending of neck, etc. I am in a office learning the computer programs, etc. Floor is hard tile I wear work boots. By Wednesday, my neck was starting to hurt and by Friday was really hurting.On Saturday and Sunday I have pain in my right shoulder and upper arm and some slight numbness in my fingers, especially third finger, ring, and pinky finger. Would this be normal part of healing process? This has me a little worried!


  • Given your increase in symptoms, you should call your doctor. It's common to get increased pain from doing too much too soon after surgery.
    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
  • with symptoms that coincide with the original injury, it's much better to be on the safe side. It may be nothing, but why take a chance.
  • KKilroyKKKilroy Posts: 1
    edited 07/02/2013 - 12:43 PM
    You could be experiencing the pain in your neck due to the way you are holding yourself while on the computer. Ergonomic chairs supports will help and have your IT people adjust your monitor to the correct level with your forehead. look away often and do head and neck exercises often. this will relieve the pain you feel down your arm and into your fingers.
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