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C5-6 ACDF in 12 days and pain is gone?????

surgerysoonssurgerysoon Posts: 28
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:56 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery

I have been with neck pain for 2 years which radiated to my L arm with numbness/tingling 2 months ago. PT and meds did not work. MRI showed large C5-6 protrusion with L nerve impg. OS and NS recommended surgery. I decided to go with the NS who took me out of work 12 days before surgery as I was struggling at my desk job. Well, over the weekend my neck/arm symptoms have disappeared. However, I can re-create them by lying down on my back. I’m wondering now if I need surgery. I’m also sacred that my pain will come back without the surgery.

Has anyone else experienced this? What did you do? Thanks!
C5-6 ACDF 9-2011
C4-5 ACDF 11-2014


  • Welcome to Spine-Health.

    Yes, this has happened to many people here and they faced the same dilemma that you did. The problem is that the issue that caused the pain is not going to heal itself and if you postpone then get symptoms back and reschedule, it could be a ways down the road and cause permanent nerve damage in the meantime.

    Having surgery is a very personal decision that only you can make, but I thought I'd offer up my opinion. It could be that the 12 days of rest have made it better, but once you get back to work it'll all start all over again.

    Take care and please keep us posted.
  • The arm numbness is back and I agree that I need to fix the problem. Surgery on 9/23..... Good luck as well.
    C5-6 ACDF 9-2011
    C4-5 ACDF 11-2014
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  • Well, my symptoms and pain came and went before surgery. This made me rethink everything. However, I decided to proceed with surgery. I'm glad that I did as pre surgery symptoms are gone!!! I'm on the other side now with incision and shoulder pain, but that is to be expected.

    Good luck to all!!! :)
    C5-6 ACDF 9-2011
    C4-5 ACDF 11-2014
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