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Post op C 3 and C 4 fusion

Peg123PPeg123 Posts: 1
edited 05/08/2015 - 1:26 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hello, I am 4 weeks after surgery , surgery was on the R. side of my neck front to back. I am getting a bad burning in my left part of my lower neck and shoulder could this just be from this brace? ? Or could I be trying to reject the bone the Dr. put in. I am diabetic and have Sjogres also so have to worry about infection. This burning is like a hot poker but it might just be from this hard brace causing muscle spasm Any Ideas other then calling the Dr. thanks

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  • and I am by no means an expert but burning sensations can be from nerves and from what I have read about others' experiences this feeling sometimes comes because your nerves are "waking up." You are only 4 weeks out from your surgery so please be patient with yourself. Sending healing g thoughts and prayers your way.

  • I am 4 months out from a 2 level ACDF surgery and still experience the issues you describe. I now have pain and occasional spasming at the base of my neck and inside my shoulder blades. I think it's just going to take time for your back muscles to get used to your new fused section. I'm currently doing PT and use ice, heat, tens, muscle relaxers and the occasional Percocet. I wish you luck.

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  • I had ACDF on C4/5 10 days ago and Ialso experience burning in my neck. The skin on my neck is also hypersensitive. Occasionally I experience burning sensation on my scapula. I think that is from the muscles stretching from the artificial disc they placed. It's a little bigger than my own disc so a lot of stretching is occurring. I also experience muscle spasms. In my neck and upper back. But as always, if you are concerned it is good to call you doctor and ask.
  • ADCF C5C6 almost 5 weeks, I have an area of skin in my back (about 1"x2") is numb and has no feeling. it's between my left should blade and my vertebrae. sometimes I feel itching but not burning. Dr said it should get better or there is a small chance it's permanent. And a small area above my incision is numb too, make shaving a little scary!

  • After a surgery of this magnitude, it is not uncommon for your nerves and muscles to be angry. In my opinion, it is all very normal and expected. Give yourself some magical time to heal :) And yes, when in doubt, it never hurts to get checked.

    Sending healing vibes your way ALL!

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