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Pins and needles are worse after my ACDF c5-c6 on 3/13/15 they are in more places WHY?

Damon920015DDamon920015 Posts: 1
edited 04/11/2015 - 8:38 AM in Recovering from Surgery
This is my very first time here. I had a ACDF on 3/13/15 c5-c6. Before my surgery I had severe burning pins and needles primarily on my right hand everywhere. I also had them around my ankles, my glutes, my shins, my feet all over, my head and face also and on my spinal cord and my spinal cord ones are gone. Pretty much they were all over my whole body. Before my surgery I had severe lower back back again. I had a L5-S1sugery on 7/5/12. Now after my ACDF my lower back pain is 100% gone. I don't quote have pain anywhere. Only when those crazy pins and needles attack me everywhere still , except my spine. I thought they would be gone after surgery. Because of the bad anxiety I have to to these pins and needles I have a severe problem concentrating also on anything. I am a phlebotomist and I really need my hands to have accurate blood draws everyday. When will these crazy burning cramping painful annoying things go away? I currently have to wear my hard neck brace for 3 months because I had to get the cadaver, because my insurance wouldn't cover the plastic spacer. Also to my finding out after surgery the plate he was intending on using was to big the size wasn't a got fit for me. Now I haven't worked since January 3rd and now I have to wear my brace until June 13 and still I haveven't worked 1 day since. Help if you have any comments or suggestion on anything or answers Thank you so much. I take meds to help the pins and needles but the meds only work sometimes not alot. For example it took me over 1 hour to type this because of my pins and needles and my lack of concentration. Help!
Jason Beachman


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  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 557
    Try not to fret about the pains you are still having. You just went through a major surgery & your body needs time to heal. You said you are on meds for the pins & needles? What meds & dosage are you taking? Maybe you can call your doctor to let him know what you are experiencing. Sometimes, you just need to adjust your meds up a little? Or even try a different med? Sometimes nerves can take a long time to heal. I hope you will start feeling better each day.
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