Hi, I'm new here so Im a little nervous about my question;
I sustained an injury from lifting overhead causing a rupture of my C5-6 disc. I had significant neck pain, pain under my scapula, and numbness in shoulder/arm/fingers....This led to my ACDF of C5-6. I had immediate relief of the severe symptoms.... At my 3 week checkup my spine surgeon said my x-ray looked great and had me discontinue use of my J-collar. I was then permitted to lift up to 20+ pounds and drive (both I was too nervous to do.).... I began have shoulder and back pain as I began light chores. I am trying to back off my Percocet and Flexeril but the more activity I do the worse the pain gets. It radiates up my neck and down my back, not the same pain as the nerve pain before surgery. I called the doctor and he said I should have NO PAIN, but put me on a steroid dose pack which really helped temporarily. Now 7 weeks post-op and I'm still hurting. I go back to the doctor next week, however I am terribly discouraged about all this pain. Is this familiar to anyone at 7 weeks? My doctor seems shocked each time I call.
Thanks for any wisdom~ Patience
You are still very fresh out of ACDF surgery. 7 weeks is not a long time. Every doctor, every individual is unique , but if anyone was to try to put an guess at which time frame do you really start to feel better, its the 3 month mark.
Please take a look at this Recovering from Spinal Surgery
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