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C3 - T1 360 Fusion Surgery Recovery

RG57RRG57 Posts: 4
edited 04/29/2015 - 8:23 PM in New Member Introductions
58 year old mom and grandmother. I had 360 C3-T1 surgery on April 6. Pre surgery symptoms included numbness and tingling in both arms. Slight loss of strength and reflex in right arm. Neck pain felt more like my head was shoved into my shoulders. After surgery lost ability to lift left arm past my waist and right arm past my shoulder. Pain managed every 7-8 hours with 1 Oxycodone and Robaxin for muscle relaxer. Now 3 weeks and 3 days post surgery and a little frustrated - Dr had me start PT on arms 1st week home and see some Improvement but not sure what I should be expecting as far as what to expect in the next month of recovery plan.
I thought after 3 weeks I could begin to work from home until the collar came off and I could drive, however with the complication of not being able to lift my arms (Dr believes it is caused by swelling at C5 and will recover) it makes it difficult to think of working right now. I still feel pretty exhausted and not sure if this is normal


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