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Complications after 2nd ACDF

mikesplace0621mmikesplace0621 Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:01 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Ok, I am not sure how to ask this question. I have had 2 cervical spinal surgeries, on 12/27/07 and 1/29/09. I have had chronic pain ever since. Throughout this, even though the injury was located at c5-c7, I have had pain in my upper left back just below the left shoulder blade that shoots through to my left pectoral and into the underarm are almost like a arrow shot through me. I have been ruled out as having and heart conditions or a heart attack and this started just after my first surgery but the doctors do not see any connection. It is usually accompanied by a sharp pain in my left neck and tightness in my shoulder, bicep and elbow. My left index finger and thumb have been usually dead to the touch, but when this occurs, the pain is so overwhelming I get heart palpitations and shortness of breath. I get extreme sharp pains through the nerve and the "dead" fingers. Has anyone else experienced this? Any solutions? 4 years of chronic pain is difficult to bear, and when you ask your doctors for the pain meds that work, they treat you like a drug addict.



  • Sorry to hear that you are still in pain. Your pain seems consistent with the levels you had surgery. I had an ACDF at C5-C6 and I still have intermittent pain in the shoulder blade, collar bone, chest, shoulders and biceps. Pain still shoots to the fingers . Have you had PT?
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
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