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Numbness near incision after surgery

5weeks ago I had a cervical foraminotomy and discectomy for rt arm pain. Almost immediately the arm pain and numbness were gone. However, in the last 2 weeks I've noticed worsening pain to the left side of my neck along with burning and numbness. Initially it occurred only after I bent over, however, now it seems to be worsening and happens daily. At first it felt like the muscle from the left shoulder to neck was strained and I do seem to have more tight muscles near the base of the incision. Could this be caused by scar tissue from the surgery or is this somewhat normal? Concerned since preop the pain was in rt arm but now numbness, burning and pain occur toward left base of neck.


  • It's possibly part of the normal healing process but it could also be a sign that something is wrong. I think your Doctor can be the only one to answer this question. Hopefully you get some answers and some pain relief.
    Progressive DDD
    Chronic S1 Radiculopathy
    Discectomy L5-S1 2002
    Discectomy, Laminotomy/Foraminotomy L3-S1 January 2014
    Bilateral SI Joint Fusion and 2 level spinal Fusion October 2014
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