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Anyone experience tinnitus or pressure in your ears like being in an airplane after PCDF?  Mine is particularly on the right side.  

Already been to ENT and found nothing wrong.

 Still have one spot on the right side back of my head feeling like I've been hit with a baseball bat and having headaches (right side).

Nurse didnt think it was an issue (the headaches).

Also noticed swelling at the base of my incision...anyone else experience this?  3 & 1/2 weeks out from surgery.

I know evey case is different.  Responses saying talk to your surgeon is all good and well but if we can't share experiences/similarities how can we learn from one another the right questions to ask that got results?  I am new here at this site and I also work in the field of law. I understand the caution of giving advice without a medical background to back it up.  I just want someone to identify if they have experienced the same.I'm not looking for a diagnosis.  Just...empathy?




  • DavidGDDavidG Posts: 960
    edited 03/09/2019 - 8:40 PM

    Fi, Have you ever had tinnitus prior to your PCDF? If I might ask why did they go posterior versus anterior? Secondly, Any drainage from the swelling at the incision site? Fever? I can understand the pain like a baseball bat, If you read the surgical notes, you’ll probably see where they used a mallet to set the allograft material between the vertebrae as well as all the major muscle groups they had to go through for the posterior route. Takes a bit of time for things to find their way back to where they belong. And I know you don’t want to hear this but......If these symptoms continue, follow up with your surgeon PCDF are definitely worse post OP then ACDF,s are, please keep us posted!.....David

    P.S. just reread your post again, Do you know what side they retracted during your surgery? Might sound stupid but when they retract there are certain muscles,nerves,tendons that get pushed to the side and if your Eustachian tube which runs from your throat to your middle ear might have gotten pushed as well which might be the cause. If so it’s usually temporary as the neck and swelling subsides


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  • Thank you so much David.  I guess I was expecting this forum to be more of a sounding board and to commisserate together ;).

    I did have tinnitus prior to this surgery. I also had extensive tests from the ENT about the pulsating/pressure and weird " high altitude" sensation.  No answers-and, full disclosure my surgeon said he couldn't say if my headaches, etc are related to my neck problem and would be cured.

    They had to go posterior due to the multiple levels C2-C6 of fusion and instrumentation.  I do agree that it will take time for the nerves and muscles to return, hopefully to normal, I just find it odd to be on only one side. 

    No drainage since the tube was removed and no fever; swelling right side only.  I've had positive results since the surgery--numbness & tingling is gone in both hands and even seems my balance has improved.  I'm learning to be patient which is not easy!

    Thank you again for your response.  It was just what I needed!


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  • Knowing that anyone in the legal field are usually tilting their head on their cell phone, or on a computer or in a book, time to look at text neck!  Have patience, don’t rush the rehab and keep us posted. Good luck in your recovery...David


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  • Agree--working using a computer with 2 screens and  using a stand-up station still doesn't compensate for the 8 hours you're typing-- no matter what!

    I was told I had extensive arthitis and stenosis.  I think 53 is a little young for that but apparently I'm wrong!!  :)

  • Fi, we see people here in their 20s and 30s now....hang in there and learn some patience during your recovery.....David


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  • Fiona 

      I have had left side ear problems since my posterior back in 2004 . I woke from it with extreme ear pain. I was told it would get better.  The pain did but it left me with some hearing lose and tinnitus.  For year the low hissing in my ear I could tolerate but now since adjacent levels have gone the noise has grown louder. I also have fluid that leaks from the ear from time to time..I have read that ..that could be a possible CFS leak. I am in the process of being referred to a to a neurosurgeon after seeing my orthopedic spine specialist .I now have to have additional levels added.

       One thing none of us realize surgery isn't a guarantee cure and at time can lead to other problems. The cervical neck is home base to ALOT of nerves that carry signals threw out the body. The slightest damage to one during surgery can leave you with other unexpected problems. 

      I truly hope your does get better in time.  How long has it been since your surgery ?

  • Hi Boo-

    Thank you for sharing your experience.  I've had this tinnitus over two years--it was becoming more severe along with the problems with my cervicle.  Same goes for the headaches.  I also have Fibromyalgia which knowing how long it takes for my muscles to recover from any trauma this could be another aspect. 

    What is CFS leak?  I've started back up (yesterday) with Fluticasone my PCP prescribed for the ear tinnitus within these last 6 months.  I also have fluid coming from my ear (R) occassionally. 

    My surgery was 2/13/19.  I realize I am fresh out of the gate for recovery;  it's the unknown of what to expect is what is worrying me.  

    that's why I've come here to this forum to feel out others' experiences.  I don't want to go running to my surgeon or his nurse with every silly thought that comes to my head!  

    And thank you David--patience is a virtue I am certainly working on along this recovery road.


  • Fiona CFS is a leak in you cerebral spinal fluids can be caused by the tiniest little hole in your spinal cord can happen during surgery  or some can get a puncture from having epidurals. 

       The noise I hear Is a very loud hissing with a very slight ring. It really bugs me at night when the house is queit. Sound like you and me have a similar problem going on. I never had issue till the posterior surgery. It has become really loud now that my levels above and below have gone.

       That's why I said sometime the surgery cures one problem but your left with others.

  • Fi and Boo, I also have CONSTANT tinnitus all due to listening to sirens for all to many years. I also have significant hearing loss as well. You might want to look in the App Store on I tunes and get a “ white noise “ APP. For sleeping! It will make it more comfortable!


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  • Hi David thank you I will..from reading some of your post were you a nurse or something along that line ?

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