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My husband, 67, is starting week 5 of recovery from Anterior Cervical Discectomy at C5-6 and C6-7. He is still taking the same oxycodone and muscle relaxers as he was when he left the hospital. The surgeon stated that his spinal cord was severely compressed. Pre surgery he had complete numbness in both ring and pinky fingers with radiating pain going down his left arm. Fine motor skills (grip, buttoning shirts were also an issue) His strength in both arms and hands were deteriorating quick. Muscle mass shrinking daily.
Post surgery - my concern - the start of week 3, both of his hands became swollen, puffy and very painful. The hands are very cold. He has to use both hands to pick up a mug, glass, cannot make a fist. He still has pain in the left arm; but more lower now. The surgeon keeps telling us that this is normal. He goes for his 6 week check up on May 10, they will address then. They told us this would be a 6 week recovery and that is not even going to be close to being back to normal at 6 weeks. The start of week 7, he will start PT and OT. We are praying this will help the pain in the hands. My husband will have to have a lower back surgery as soon as he heals from this as he has had severe pain in both of his legs which is caused by spinal stenosis.
Thank you in advance for any insight, I feel that we are moving slower than anticipated.