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C6-7 Posterior Discectomy

Had posterior disc at C6-7 this last week. The scapular pain resolved for the most part but the right lower arm ache is still there to some degree. What I'm concerned about is that now I'm having shooting pain to my inner right arm to about elbow level that is brought on by moving my head slightly to the right and with extension. I would have expected that this type of pain would occur preop but if the disc is no longer pressing on the nerve root am not sure why its happening and in a different location. Could this be due to swelling or ?? Would hate to think I re-herniated already. Thoughts anyone?


  • SarahLindeauSarahLindeau Posts: 767
    edited 01/25/2014 - 4:50 PM

    Did I read your post correctly that you had your surgery THIS LAST week? If so holy cow! Give yourself time to heal and put more time between your op and your recovery. Surgery on one's spine is rarely an instant fix! You are still swollen from the surgeon messing around your muscles, ligaments, spine etc! If your nerves were compressed prior to surgery, they will need time to quit misfiring. They take a while to "forget"'that they haven't got any inpingement.

    I had pre-surgery left leg pain and sciatica. Post op, my RIGHT leg had it! For no apparent reason other than I just had surgery and my spine and surrounding area was inflamed. Now it's gone.

    If you are genuinely concerned, talk to your surgeon's office but my guess is he/she will tell you to rest, maintain your restrictions and heal. Keep a pain journal if that helps. Write down your problems and when they are happening.

    But seriously, you just had MAJOR surgery. A lot is going on in your body right now. Give yourself time to heal and hopefully your aches will lessen each day.
    2015: Thoracic protrusions C7-T1, T3-4, T6-8
    Dec'13: 360FusionL4-S1 w/bone graft
    2013: 3x2-level disc injections: 12mo surgery postponement
    Dec'12: DiscogramL4-S1
    Sep/Oct'12: Bi-lateral Rhizo AblationsL4- S1
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  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    One week from surgery you will be having all kinds of pain, It is a rough surgery, Recovery is slower then from the anterior approach, It took me about 3 weeks before things seemed to settle down. If you are really concerned i would call my surgeon. Maybe a change of muscle relaxer will help. Posterior surgery really fires up the muscles in the neck and shoulders. Good luck
  • ORDuck1690OORDuck1690 Posts: 3
    edited 01/30/2014 - 3:44 PM
    Thank you for the comments. Went in for 10 day check and yes those various aches and pains are normal as the nerves try to heal and calm themselves down. Guess I was expecting things to proceed much like my lumbar laminectomy done 5 years ago where literally I had only mild incisional pain after. But as my surgeon pointed out I was 5 yrs younger and the recovery phase for each of these surgeries is so different. Alas, guess I'll try and not be so inpatient for things to be back to normal.
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