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C3-4-5 fusion Post op weakness/tingling

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi Everyone,
I'm 32 years old and I am 3 weeks out from c3-4-5 fusion and I am doing well... until the attack of the numbing/tingling started about 4 days ago in my legs and arms. Keep in mind I have no pain what so ever. What made me have the surgery was that I had acute development of weakness and twitching down both legs, hyper-reflexes, and dizziness. My MRI showed C3-4-5 compressing my spinal cord and the neurologist was concerned about permanent damage if we didn't take action soon, I saw my MRI and I have to admit as a nurse... it was ugly.

Never had pain before surgery and only had spasms in my shoulders post op. My biggest problem right after surgery was the nausea/vomiting due to the pain meds that I was given. By day number 4 I was off all meds and have been doing pretty well.

And then this week I noticed that I was getting tingling down my legs, into my feet, and sometimes into my arms. Sometimes I also get the sensation like my legs are weak even though I can walk just fine. Again not painful... just kinda of annoying.

Has anyone ever had these symptoms show up after a cervical fusion?

BTW after four days I did call my NS office, they tell me this can occur and to just rest.. call them if it get worse...yada yada. My 1 month is next tuesday so I will see the NS soon enough. But I'd like to hear from the folks that have gone through this.
I thank you for your imput!



  • Hi Elayne
    I'm just browsing through here for ideas about tingling in feet and hands.. noticed your post.. I'm kinda like you.. no pain, but had an MRI when I noticed some mild tingling in one arm.. and the MRI images got me pretty nervous.. with C4 and C5 herniated disc, and the docs worried about long term damage.. It's been a year, and I haven't had any surgery yet (the ACDF is called for); but I fear it's going to be soon.

    So, I have tingling in both hands (fingers, and also on top sometimes), and recently in my foot (also the top, not the toes.. those are just cold). ALso like you sometimes the foot feels weak, but's it fine..

    I still do a lot of exercise, I find swimming works really well and I don't feel anything weird when swimming or for a few hours after. I'm just taking ibuprofen as a general anti inflammatory, and trying to avoid trees and other hard objects.

    I hope you're doing better.. wish I had more to say

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