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Numbness totally gone after surgery until several incidents now big issue

I had ACDF 5-7 in Feb. woke up pain free, went out to dinner that night on way home from hospital. My surgeon expected no less as surgery 100% successful. 12 days later a co-worker grabbed me around the neck and yanked me into a bear hug. Of course I gave him he'll, he said he forgot my surgery. For the next five weeks he slammed my door when I was concentrating so my head jerked up or he yanked my chair backwards until finally another co-worker and equal warned him of drastic consequences. In the mean time I began to have pain and numbness in my right hand to the point of a half hour or more of extreme pain, often several times a night and day. My surgeon is furious as MRI and X-rays show spine has tons of room, spurs gone and I did not have long term symptoms so no long term concerns about this type of condition going into surgery. Has anyone had these symptoms come up post surgery after experiencing total pain free for a period of time?

I do not know if this could be normal or if my vicious co-worker needs a lawsuit for causing me so much pain and heart break after experiencing what seemed to be a totally successful surgery.

All input will be greatly appreciated.


  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 805
    I'd take him out for good!
    That is crazy, almost seems intentional trying to injure you.
    Sorry, but that is my honest opinion. I have zero tolerance for losers like that.
    take care, be safe,
  • Wow!! Totally unacceptable behavior! For having such a successful surgery and having a great start to recovery that has to be a horrible experience!! I am so sorry!! You truly have my sympathy! I had surgery on June 4th and still have not returned to work yet, I was hoping they would not have to do a corpectomy when I had my surgery but obviously that was not the case. A bit disappointing upon waking up from surgery but I just have tried to stay positive and make the best of it. Not always easy, but do my best and I go back September 9th to see if I will be able to return at that point.

    I wish you the best of luck as I can only imagine how absolutely horrible you must be feeling after having such a successful surgery and then to have it aggravated by an idiot coworker is heartbreaking...
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    edited 08/24/2013 - 7:14 PM
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    I am not surprised that your surgeon is furious, and I would be as well. Have you reported this co worker to human resources or your superior in the event that anything is messed up because of this idiots actions? If not, I would make sure to document, and have statements from witnesses who saw this idiot do what he did just in case.
    Now, to answer your question, yes, it can happen that things are going swimmingly well post op , then there is a sudden onset of nerve related pain, or numbness and tingling. This can happen for a couple of reasons, the nerves are waking up, after being compressed if they were prior to the surgery, the swelling from the immediate post op period is compressing the tissues surrounding the nerves and it will subside again, inflammation , and sometimes, just the trauma of the surgery is enough or incidental contact with the nerves during surgery all might be the trigger.....hopefully, this idiot did not damage and it is just a short term flare up that will ease off as time passes.
    In the meantime, stay away from that co worker and document his actions.....
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