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