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Shoulder Pain

Hi everyone! I am 1 week post op from having ACDF on c5/6. Ive done really good I think, however I’m having terrible muscle spasms in my arms & an awful pain on the side of my neck across the top of my right shoulder! I have to remove this foam brace for a few minutes, take pain meds, & ease it back on! Is this normal??



  • nutcase007nnutcase007 United StatesPosts: 919
    Horseymom - You likely have a post-op visit in your surgeon's office coming up soon.  Bring up the issue at that time.  If you can't wait until then, call their office before than.  Every surgery is different.
    I've had three ACDFs over the years and yes, I've had spasms/shoulder pain after two of those surgeries.  I have no idea, if such pain is normal.    
  • Horsetmom- You are very early in recovery from a very rough surgery, there is a lot of pulling and tugging with this surgery, After my 3 level ACDF my shoulders are what hurt the most, if you are not already doing so ice packs work great for pain relief. If your pain is severe I would contact my surgeons office to report it, you could also be experiencing some nerve pain, if so there are medications to help with that.

    Good luck and keep us posted on your progress

    Veritas-Health Moderator

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