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Pain after C5 C6 disectomy and fusion.

FlautistFFlautist Posts: 1
edited 06/30/2015 - 12:41 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had my surgery last Monday (22nd June). Is it normal for the post op pain to worsen? The last three nights I have had excruciating shoulder pain ( not experienced pre op) back of neck and at base of neck. Also, when the pain is really bad swallowing is much more painful too and things get stuck - like my painkillers! I am taking 100mg of tramadol and 1000mg of paracetamol plus continuing with my pregabalin and amiltriptaline ( my surgeon told me to continue with the nerve pain drugs for a couple of weeks then taper off). Yesterday I had pain in both shoulders. It's like muscle pain. I am assuming it could be bruising starting to come out from the various positions you are put in during surgery? I also have a lot of wind every time I eat or drink I belch and have pain in chest and back when the wind is moving around. The pain is always worse on waking up. Just for info at the time I had my neck surgery I also had an ulnar nerve transposition - left arm. They didnt want me to have two general anaesthetics so made sense to do both procedures at the same time. I would interested in hearing other people's pain experiences immediately post op...
L. Garrick


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  • Nodales4NNodales4 Posts: 12
    edited 06/30/2015 - 9:45 AM
    Hi Flautist,

    I think what you are feeling is normal, if you are ever concerned though go see your surgeon. I am just about 3 weeks post op C6-7 artificial disc replacement and C7-T1 Fusion, I had my surgery June 11/15. I know my pain was quite bad for the first 3-5 days after my surgery and seemed to get better only to get worse (in different ways) from day 7-10. My nerve pain that was gone as soon as I woke up from anesthetic came back at about this time, I think I was maybe doing too much, I am also taking tramadol during the day and lyrica at night before bed. My swallowing is slowly getting better, I can finally eat most everything now except for dry things that seem to get stuck. I do feel like I get a bubble is my throat that doesn't seem to want to go up or down sometimes, I don't know why that is. I don't know what your nerve surgery entailed so that may be part of the problems you are having. One day at a time is what I tell myself :)

    Good luck :)

    27 vehicle accident in 1984 at age 17 caused neck injury
    C6-7/C7-T1 Disc herniation's diagnosed 2013
    Surgery June 11/2015 Artificial Disc Replacement C6-7 & ACDF C7-T1
  • SukhreSSukhre San Diego, CAPosts: 181
    edited 06/30/2015 - 3:52 PM
    When you had the 27 vehicle accident did you feel anything after that? Or it went away.

    Is it possible someone to be in an accident (more than a bump) and then be ok. Then suddenly stenosis condition worsen after sometimes like 3-6 months? Or in your case after 15 years? Or you had a surgery at the age of 17 after accident?
    MRI shows C4-C7 severe steonosis. Pain in hand.
  • Hi Sukhre,

    The accident happened when I was 17 during a snowstorm, there were over 100 other people involved with two fatalities (thank God everyone in my family survived). I had a very sore neck for a couple of weeks but because my sister had a serious head injury I never saw a doctor at that time. I was a kid and tough and it was 1984 so nothing happened for me medically at that time. I had neck pain ongoing for years and it wasn't until I was in my early 30's that I sought treatment for the pain relief and had my first Xray showing severe DDD in my neck. So I lived with the pain for over 30 years until my recent surgery which I hope will give me a new lease on life.

    If I had had medical treatment and an xray after the accident would I be in this same situation?? I don't know. I obviously did some damage to my cervical spine ( according to doc's who read my xray's) at that time and healed to the best my body was able to at the time and went on with life.

    I hope this answers your question?
    27 vehicle accident in 1984 at age 17 caused neck injury
    C6-7/C7-T1 Disc herniation's diagnosed 2013
    Surgery June 11/2015 Artificial Disc Replacement C6-7 & ACDF C7-T1
  • SukhreSSukhre San Diego, CAPosts: 181
    I sometimes try to think whether my condition is degenration or minor lifiting or something else..
    MRI shows C4-C7 severe steonosis. Pain in hand.
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