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Intense L shoulder pain post C5-6 ACDF

surgerysoonssurgerysoon Posts: 28
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:56 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Prior to surgery I had some left arm pain, tingling and numbness. A few days post 9/23/11 C5-6 ACDF, my left arm pain was present, but manageable with meds. However, today (5 days) post-op my left shoulder pain around my scapula is very intense. The pain inhibits sleep and meds have little effect. My left shoulder now hurts when I walk. Something I did not experience pre-surgery. Shouldn't I feel better, not worse? :S

I think that I over-did it post-op; thinking I could do more and feeling good on my meds. I'm going to be a good patient by resting and doing nothing. However, if im still hurting like this on Friday, I am calling my NS.

C5-6 ACDF 9-2011
C4-5 ACDF 11-2014


  • Dr. RX a med dose pack today. Hope this takes cate of the pain. If not, they want me to come in.
    C5-6 ACDF 9-2011
    C4-5 ACDF 11-2014
  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,111
    The positions we are put in during surgery can cause more pain then the recovery from surgery. When operating on your neck they pull your shoulders way down. Hopefully the steroids will be the fix you need
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