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5 Days Post ACDF C7/T1

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,082
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:24 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had ACDF surgery on 10/6/08 (five days ago). I am experiencing searing pain in my upper back/lower neck and am worried that I am not healing properly? I didn't have this pain until yesterday when I ran out of applesauce (use to crush pills into) and missed pain meds for while. Now even with my pain meds it is still pretty bad.

I can deal with the pain but am worried about if this burning feeling in my back is "normal" for this surgery. My fusion was at C7/T1.

Other than difficulty swallowing and the anxiety that goes along with that, I am recovering well. My severe arm pain was gone when I woke up from surgery. Still have numbness and tingling that Dr. says could last for many months but should improve.

Please any input would be great.



  • Everyone is different. If you are feeling something is wrong, please call your doctor. Don't forget, you are paying them a lot of money to help you. It is ok to call just to make sure.
  • Glad your home and everything went well so far.
    If you read Chrissy 111 post you will see she is having something similar.
    My worst complaint during cervical recovery was the BURNING me oh my jellybeans. Not one pain med touched it.
    The only thing that helped was lots of icing.
    The soft gel reusuable packs are the best. But I also used the re fillable ones from the hospital.
    I would lay down on the couch with lots of pillows and lay them on my shoulders and neck. The soft ones behind me.
    Its like the best pain relief out there. Plus it will help you rest along with your meds.
    Its most likely from all your nerves healing. From what my dr told me anyway. It comes with this surgery.

    If any new pain arises that does not seem right like crash said call your dr and let them know. There is always someone oncall to answer your questions.
    I called about the burning to as at the time I had no idea what was going on.
    The throat will get better in time. I enjoyed eating shakes, drinkable yogurt, soup you name it.
    I was able to swallow my pills though, even though it hurt.
    Within 2 weeks I was eating soft foods then to reg food.
    YOU WILL GET THERE =D> =D> =D> =D>
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