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5wks out c5-6 6-7 fusion

Well I thought I was improving every day but now it seems like a set back. Just wondering if anyone else has went thru anything similar. I now have more pain in my back between my shoulder blades , up into my neck and the pain runs down my arms . The pain is bad enough that I have trouble sitting and not sit in a recliner at all as that makes it worse and can only get relief standing or laying flat. I know it's still early from my surgery but still is worrisome . I see my Doctor this week so maybe he can shed some light on this new symptom. Thanks for any input. Hope everyone else is doing better .


  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 805
    Hey Abbey,
    Try not to be alarmed, expect some setbacks, you are not alone. As time goes on you will have more good days than not so good ones. I'm 7 months post-op and still have those moments. I've had a few fusions and there are so many factors that can cause discomfort. Just find out what works best for you and remember not to over-do it. I've spent many times worrying about related issues that turned out to be nothing but the normal healing process.
    Take care,
  • The first 12 weeks is the acute pain phase. There will be ups and downs throughout this phase. What you are going through is typical and quite normal in the grand scheme of things. Posterior or Anterior? If it is posterior, you will have all kinds of issues with the muscles in your neck as it's all part of the healing process. Absolutely make a list of concerns and run them by your Doctor when you see him or her. I had my posterior fusion (C5-T2) 10 months ago and I am still dealing with the pain episodes as well. Ranger is right; you are not alone! Wishing you the best! Hang in there!
    Realize that FEAR is our worst enemy. Get up & get out in that stormy weather of the real world & kick fear in the teeth. Stare at it dead in the eyes & walk right through it into the storm; because once you're wet, you won’t fear the rain anymore
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