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Issues after ACDF

I've been browsing the web looking for answers and found this site. I am an active duty Soldier in the Army. I am an Infantryman and have been to both Iraq and Afghanistan numerous times. I started having shoulder pain while I was in Afghanistan back in 2009. I thought I hurt it while working out. At this time it was my right shoulder. Fast foward to 2013. I don't know if this has anything to do with it but while I was in Afghanistan in 2013 I had a few episodes where I couldn't urinate. It would take up to an hour for me to go. When I came back to the states I starte having the same issue of not being able to pee. I went to the emergency room and they ran all the tests for STD's. I'm married and faithful and knew that an STD wasn't an issue but went along with every test. These episodes could last for a week up to a month and would slowly fade away. In November of 2013 I went to my PA because I was now having left shoulder pain and the ring, and pinky finger on my right hand would go numb. Sometimes for just a moment but could be numb for up to a week. I was told it was Ulnar nerve entrapment and was sent to a Chiropractor. The Chiropractor had me get an X-Ray and after viewing it contacted my PA. I have Reverse Lordodosis at C3-C4. Anyway, the PA after viewing the X-Ray scheduled me an MRI for the following day. MRI was conducted and besides the reverse lordosis I have moderate spinal stenosis at C-4 and C-5 and had severe stenosis at C-5 and C-6. December 2013 I had ACDF performed at C-5 and C-6. When I awoke from surgery my right hand and the fingers that would go numb prior to surgery were severely swollen and I was numb from the chest down. I am now 2 months post op and my right hand from the tips of my ring, and pinky finger and that part of my palm is numb along with the tip of my middle finger. Both of my legs feel asleep but more so my right than my left. My left shoulder also is hurting throughout the day now. I asked my Surgeon if this was normal and he told me that it was not. He proceeded to make some smart comments saying once I'm medically discharged from the service that he suspects my symptoms would disappear. I took that as he thinks I'm lying about being numb. I didn't have any leg numbness at all prior to surgery. Has anyone here experienced anything like this or could something have gone wrong during the operation?



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