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ACDF Post-Op Experience Beginning May 2014

I am 58 y/o, male, retired military, excellent health other than cervical spine stenosis, osteoarthritis, and osteoarthritis in my right knee (knee replacement candidate)--i.e., I am on no meds for any other health issue. I had two level ACDF 10 days ago: C-6-7, C5-6 to resolve pain in my left shoulder, bicep, forearm, and numbness in my left hand. I am a retired fighter pilot. All of my cervical discs have degenerated from years of g-loads, heavy helmets with goggles, etc, C 6-7 was the worst. Arthritis is also present. Unfortunately, while the pain in my left arm is totally resolved, I woke up with severe pain in my right shoulder 1 week after the surgery. At first I thought I had a muscle ache, but it is radicular, creeping around my upper arm and shoulder. I have had shoulder joint pain before--this new pain is a dead ringer for labrum pain at times. It comes on during the night after I fall asleep for about 4 hours, it builds to level 8 or 9, and I have to get up. After I take a walk, about 30 minutes, it goes away, almost totally. Extra strength tylenol puts a dent in it. I see the surgeon day after tomorrow (2 weeks after surgery). I'm bracing for: just give it time.....here are some more (new) meds.....let's do C4-5...... I had been very active before and after the symptoms leading to surgery, I walked, swam, and did Pilates mat program vigorously on a daily basis up until the day before surgery. I am concerned those days are gone, even if pain free on one side. Thank you for this site, and thanks in advance for your comments.


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