Due to a trampoline accident nearly 10 years ago I found myself in need of a C6/7 fusion to resolve a significant stenosis. Pre-surgery I was having issues with radiating numbness down my right arm, legs and a “electric shock” when I lowered my chin to my chest.
The surgery went fine and I was pain-free immediately after, resting comfortably on a regimen of ibuprofen with only the occasional endone. I went home 2 days later and recovered remarkable quickly.
However, just over a month later I had to move house. My wife has knee issues so I was motivated to assist. I tried to be careful when lifting/not to life too much, but I had few options. Still, I was fine. Had my 30 day check-up with my specialist and confirmed all was well, I was still recovering magnificently. Saw my PT, got some exercises, yadda yadda.
All this has led to this week where I find myself with the same radiating numbness down my right arm and in my legs. I feel incredibly weak in my dominant (right) arm and have been feeling slight pain in my neck when turning my head. I have an appointment with my GP this afternoon but both my wife and I are concerned. It’s almost as bad, if not worse, than pre-surgery.
Has anyone else with a cervical fusion experienced this and if so, can you shed any light on whether or not this is part of the natural healing process? I know it will take months for the bone to grow over the plate so perhaps this is a residual effect of that regeneration. I’d like some peace of mind if anyone has any to offer.
I am concerned that a GP isn’t going to have the specialised knowledge to give me a definitive answer. If I were back in the states I’d go directly to my Specialist but here in Australia it seems they corral you through the GP first.