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Post ACDF Issues

ecklesteecklest Posts: 1
edited 05/01/2015 - 9:31 PM in Recovering from Surgery
Hello there,

I am a 49 year old guy who had ACDF about 6 months ago. I had 3 levels worked on. (C4/C5 - C5/C6, and C6/C7) .

My recovery has been going well. My left arm pain (the reason I had the surgery) went away completely after a month and my post op symptoms such as neck and throat soreness went away and I had a good range of motion with my neck.

But as of a month ago, out of the blue, my arm starting hurting again just as bad as before and my neck is really sore moving up/down and side to side. Also my left leg now hurts and seems a little tired. Also, last night I had a HUGE jolt in my arm and fingers that hurt so bad I jumped out of bed! First time I have ever felt that.

I don't recall doing anything to injure myself. This all just sort of happened. Does anyone have any comments on this? I do have an appointment with my surgeon towards the end of the month, but wanted to see what the group thought.

Thank you!


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  • Hi. It was my experience that following an anterior laminectomy and fusion, the original symptoms returned when I "over did" it. It appeared that there were cycles of inflammation associated with strenuous activity that would cause the symptoms to rear their ugly heads.
    Unfortunately, in my case, an MRI revealed that the anterior approach did not provide enough decompression and a posterior approached laminectomy was just performed two days ago. It appears that the lehramites sign (sp??) and the aching originating in a compaction point have been relieved this time.
    I would ask your doctor about a follow-p MRI based on your symptoms, IF they don't improve. Perhaps there is a possibility the symptoms are residual and stemming from the strange sensations of our nerves trying to regenerate themselves.
    I wish you the best.
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