Last Thursday, ten days ago, I had an ACDF (c5-c6) for consistently worsening arm pain and numbness increasing daily. Before surgery I had a cervical cortizone shot, steroids, meds and heat therapy - but my arm pain only got worse and came more often.
The Thursday evening after surgery my arm pain was gone - only occasional tingling. My only complaint was sleeping - I'm a mover and a flipper at night, but I couldn't fall asleep due to being uncomfortable.
So now, ten days later, my arm pain has been on the rise again over the last day or two, and my tingling-numbness is pretty often. I have pretty much followed the doctor's orders about taking it easy with lifting, twisting, etc - but I haven't been comatose. I am not lifting heavy things, but I am helping out around the house within reason.
Tomorrow is my follow up with the neurosurgeon. Before I go in, I want to know if my above explanation is typical. I know numbness stays a while after surgery, but my arm pain worries me.
Also, any questions I should ask or things I should be aware of for the visit, or recovery in general?