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Problems post decompression of C3/c4 cervical spine area post 10 days

Amit SinhaAAmit Sinha Posts: 1
edited 01/03/2016 - 9:14 PM in Recovering from Surgery
Hi need help and suggestion. My mother 69 yrs of age recently had the decompression of cervical spine in the c3/c4 area. She is now 10 days post surgery & has tingling nerve pain on the back side of the right shoulder which come & goes on movement & has shoulder & muscular pain on the left arm & has restricted movements as well of the arms. Rest all her vitals are normal. Need to know if this alarming or all patients generally go through this pain & how long will she be in pain. Also please advice how long is the recovery process post surgery. Let me know.

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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Its often said that you have pain after surgery for as long as you had pain prior to surgery.

    When is she due for a follow-up? What kind of surgery did she have? Mine was ACDF of C3-4.

    If you have any questions you should call the neurosurgeon's office and ask them. My doctor's office was wonderful as they responded to all of my calls and questions. They saw me one hour after my call 7 days after surgery.
    C4-C5 ACDF surgery with plating August 28.
    cord compression due to disc-osteophyte complex
  • I had a 3 level acdf C4-7 and had the same issues your mom is having. I did call my surgeon about it and suggest your mom does too. I was told it was normal for that period in post op and it was pretty much gone between 6 and 8 weeks. I am over 3 months out now and even though I occasionally have tingling in my right fingers and my neck gets sore it I overdo, I am totally back to normal in all other aspects. It takes a while to get through the post op issues! Good luck to your mom!
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