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orthofix cervical stim causing headaches

edited 05/21/2015 - 9:42 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
hi....I am a newbie at this...so bear with me...ACDF 2 Multilevel ...May 12th 2015...I am wondering if anyone is having issues with this bone growth stimularor? i am 55 yr,old female...never smoked ever! I wear this thing and BOOM!!!!!! MY HEAD FEELS LIKE IT IS GONNA POP OFF!!!!! Had headaches before from the neck....but this is a gnawing sicky feeling that stays with you for hrs. after. So I call nurse ...she says try 2hrs. as opposed to 4hrs. in small intervals...tried this also....what up?
I suppose not fusing.....is not a good alternative either....any takers on this one...?


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  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 552
    I had to wear one after it was determined that my first surgery didn't fuse. It was horrible! I kept calling my surgeons office complaining of major headaches every time I turned it on. He just kept saying that he's never heard of headaches while wearing it & to break up the 4 hours of wearing it into smaller sessions. It didn't work. Since mine is a work comp case, I had to do what my doctor recommended.
    I hope you have better luck with it than I did.
  • I have been using my Orthofix since December 2014 for my neck. I have had constant headaches - if I use it 2 days in a row then the 3rd day I will have a splitting headache that starts on the back of the neck and goes all the way to my temple. No medication seems to help, just have to lay down and wait it out. My doctor says about 15% of his patients get the headaches, most people don't report them. Just lucky for me I guess.
  • LauralauraLLauralaura Posts: 27
    edited 11/13/2015 - 5:08 AM
    I had my multilevel c45 56 67 acdf on Oct 12. Been wearing the orthofix Bone growth stimulator, since Oct 18.

    I have had some headaches in back of my head post surgery that have both felt like the back of my skull is cracked and some have been the classic occipital spasm headaches in the back left side and right side and upper part of head.

    I don't know what they are from, so assumed and actually at this point still do, that they are from the surgery and the condition of my disks and what positions, how much I moved my neck that day, and how much walking I did that day. The other disks in my neck that were not fused are just not ready yet for surgery, but they do have degenerative changes from previous mri's, etc.. Some day they will degenerate to that point as well, is my feeling.

    So, yes I join you in the headaches while wearing orthofix Bone growth stimulator. I despise wearing this 4 hours / day, as it's uncomfortable as it puts pressure on my neck and I think alters my proper posture a bit, while wearing it.

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