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Nerve impingement in arm and hand as a result of 5.5 hour surgery.

Following the 5.5 hour surgery I had 6 weeks ago, (TLIF & full lumbar fusion) I started to experience radiating nerve pain down my arm and into my hand. I never had this before, and believe it's the unfortunate aftermath of the surgery~not moving and/or positioning.

I've seen a PT twice, and she thought the source was my first rib which is elevated. I'm doing some exercises per her suggestion, and it is very slowly getting better. It was so bad for awhile, it would keep me awake at night.

I'm curious if anyone else has had a similar experience? 



  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,587

    I have had my first rib pop up (elevated) a number of times.  While it is like that, I generally have cervical pain, upper shoulder pain and arm pain.   When the rib goes back to normal within a day or so, I feel so much better

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • Hi steffie

    I experience bands of numbness in my lower arms and numbness in my thumb after my 10 hour surgery.  In fact I woke shouting in pain from the pain in my arms, rather than my back.

    The banding in my arms has improved slowly, but I have kept the numbness in my thumb.

    I did have other issues with my arms before surgery, but these were new symptoms for me personally.

    I hope your symptoms improve soon.




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  • Thanks for sharing your experiences,,,I just got the green light to begin PT, and it's frustrating that I'm having to spend time on my arm instead of my back!  Nerve impingement continues, even though I am faithfully doing several exercises for it.

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,484

    Hi steffie

    Please don't give up. You said it was slowly getting better and it will. Sometimes it takes a while for the nerves to wake up.
    Good luck and keep posting your recovery.

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