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9 weeks out of artificial disc replacement for C6/7

perrypvopperrypvo Posts: 2
edited 01/26/2015 - 6:31 AM in Recovering from Surgery
I had artificial disc replacement surgery on 11/18/2014 (about 9 weeks out), but experienced daily headaches. The pain started on the left side of the neck (I had C6/7 herniated on left side) around the base of the skull) and spread upward to the top of the head down to the eye socket. It feels like migraine but with less intensity. I also have shoulder and arm-length soreness on the right.

I went back to the doctor at 8-week and explained the symptoms. He said the headache has nothing to do with the neck and thought it was muscle tension. He prescribed some mild muscle relaxer which didn't seem to help.

My question is whether the above symptoms are "normal" as part of the recovery, or do I have some other "issues" to worry about post surgery. Any insight or advise is greatly appreciated.



  • If you're not comfortable w your surgeons response. Get a second opinion. What I am finding surgeons look at things through the lens of was the surgery a success. So with that said he or she me be less inclined to attribute your headaches to the surgery because they've never experienced any of their prior patients with similar issue's.

    But I'd have to agree that the headaches are normal still. Are u still under alot of stress? Are u drinking plenty of water? Big coffee drinker? I just had cervical disk replacement 2 weeks today. And I'm having some issues but I have to be honest w myself. Would I have this headache normally. For me lack of sleep is a big contributing factor. I'd write down a log of how much water meds and everything else ur putting on your body. And bring that to ur surgeon to review.
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