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Feeling great after 4 months post op, and then wham the pain starts again.

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edited 05/15/2014 - 1:30 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I introduced myself in the new members forum but here's the gist

5 months post op - posterior laminectomy and fusion with instrumentation of C3-C-6
Norco but not much until today...
Main drug now is just ibuprofen
Also take Clonazepam for anxiety but also helps with pain (pretty much like Valium)

Ok, I was doing fantastic at 4 months and then when 5 months hit I started to have shoulder and upper arm pain for about 2 weeks to the point I have been having trouble driving and sleeping (which is hard enough as it is). pre-op I had no right arm pain....just shoulder pain in left arm. I called Dr. but hung up because I have a PT appt. tomorrow. Has anyone experienced this and...have you been told it's just nerve pain? Makes me really nervous. Thank you!

eta: oops I think I posted this in the wrong forum...it probably belongs in Surgery Recovery....sorry, new here.


  • My surgeon reminded me that it really takes a full year to recuperate from a fusion. (That's what I had). It's worth reminding yourself the same. Hugs
    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
  • I had my first fusion in October of 2012, my doc advised me to take no NSAIDs (advil / aleve) for 6 months following surgery as it can interfere with the healing process. At 4 months I was still sore from time to time especially if I was lifting over my head, with my arms out to the front, or above my shoulders. Listen to your body and take is easy if it hurts. I really started to have issues again at 8 months when I started to get the pain between my shoulders and down my arms again. In my case I never fused and I am having a revision in two weeks. Don't freak out a 4 months, nerves take a long time to heal. If you have concerns - talk to your doc.
    2012 C5-C7 ACDF with fixation - failed to fuse
    June 2014 - Planned revision surgery
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