Hi everyone- first time poster. I had an ACDF C3-C6 with hardware in mid-December (six weeks ago). I am still experiencing radicular pain down my right side (pain in the back of arm and forearm), which equals or exceeds the pain pre-op. The pain is not a debilitating type pain but is a quality of life issue. I saw my surgeon last week and he is pleased by the X-rays and that the spines continues to fuse. He was a bit vague regarding what my expectations should be regarding the pain. I am taking tramadol and Tylenol as needed By way of quick introduction I am a 54 year old male who is active cycling and running.
My questions are as follows:
1) how long should I expect the radicular pain to continue? is there a point when any potential gain from the surgery should have occurred and one must come up with a Plan B.
2) the surgeon cleared me to run. I got about a quarter mile and noted the impact was jarring me and causing pain so I stopped. I feel like despite his clearance I'm at least a month away from running. Can any runners share how long it took them to get out there.