I am 9 days post surgery - 3 level ACDF on C3-C6. Immediately after surgery, it was clear that my right arm wasn't working right -- cannot lift my upper arm to shoulder height. Lower arm works fine, and I have no sensory loss - just motor loss. Then after a few days, the pain began - I have daily pain in my right arm, focused at the shoulder but it spreads down through my upper arm. It is worse than the neck pain I am still having from the surgery, and is barely controlled with 1.5-2 percocet every 4-5 hours.
Several conversations with the neurosurgeon's office and one office visit to see the nurse practitioner lead me to believe there is some sort of nerve damage, but no one is saying much. They seem unconcerned, or perhaps just don't want to say much... I guess it is wait and see to see how much of the motion comes back. I know that could take months potentially.
Does anyone have any experience with this? I am expected to go back to work in about 4 more weeks (6 weeks post surgery), and was already concerned about working before this arm problem surfaced. I have a desk job, and looking down at my desk and keyboard all day every day is what caused all this disk degeneration in the first place.