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How Long Can A Nerve Root( C6 ) cause pain after surgery ?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Chronic Pain
Hello, Does anyone have an idea how long
it takes for a nerve root to recover after surgery? I was told, 1 inch per month. I had my surgery July 05 and I am still waiting for it to heal. I had a ACDF C5-C7 done. When I went in to surgery my right arm was the only arm giving me pain. Already dealing with a 10 pain level. But when I awoke both my arms hurt at level 10, were numb and hard to move and use very weak. I guess I had a big BIG BONE SPUR right in the middle of my C6 nerve root. Once the
nerve was released it went crazy! To this
day I do not feel like I had Surgery if I
did not know better that is. My question
is did this happenend to anyone else? I am fixed as far as Surgery goes but the nerve was a loss. I have been on the meds for the nerve they did not touch it
only caused a 30 to 50lb wt gain. Caused
depression and crying spells bad.

This what I am on now but all cost to much and I can't live like this forever
either.Cymbalta 60mg 2xam 1xpm, topamax 100 mg 1x am 1xpm, Avinza150mg 1xam 1xpm,
and norco q6hr/prn Then the BP pill an water pill. Back to normal weight what a mess. BECAREFUL with these drugs



  • Im guessing your surgery was July 2005? I would have to say that the nerve has done all it is going to do after this long. My surgery was Feb 2007 and I have been told by my surgeon I am where I will always be. I also have the nerve root problem at the same level as you. Have you had an EMG/NCV test done? If not you might want to get this test done, it will show more. As for your med's, that is a lot. I take neurontin and darvocet, no cymbalta for me. I do not do well with SSRI's so I stay away from it.

  • Hi Sharon, I had the EMG/NCV done three
    months before surgery and 1year after
    surgery it showed the same chronic C6
    damage. I was put on gabapentin I gained so much weight it was nuts 50lbs. Very fast in 3 to 4 months I was crying 24/7
    I was so depressed I told my Drs this over and over it was a crazy time. After
    the EMG/NCV was done they listen!!!. Are you able to work?
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  • I believe it is usually 6 to 12 months. The bad thing is sometimes some nerve damage can be permanent.
  • I was just awarded my social security disabilty. It took me 2 years and a lot of fighting. Social Security does look at nerve damage as part of their decision. As for the neurtontin or lyrica neither of those drugs caused me any problems. Ultram/tramdol caused me the most problems, I think it is the ssri in them. I felt better after I stopped them. I have a lot of nerve pain and am thankful that I can take the neurontin.

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