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VinGVVinG Posts: 56
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Surgery is May 15th, and pain in shoulders and left arm is really bad. Since I use a wheelchair (birth defect), I drive an adapted van with gas/brake hand control on the left. So, with the pain so bad, my wife is now my chauffer. I am scared that this issue will not get fixed with surgery.
- Vin

3 level ACDF, c3/4, c5/6/7 in May 2012


  • Although no one can see in the future, the arm pain is usually resolved with the surgery.
    ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011

    Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.

    Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg
  • Hi Vin,
    Agree with Donna, the nerve pain in arm and shoulder is usually the first thing to improve and will sometimes resolve completely with surgery.

    Im driving with my right arm only, since 2 months back, although I drive very little at the moment.
    One of my biggest hopes fr my May surgery (whats up surgery buddy) is to get my arm strength back, and nerve pain gone. That stuff is pretty horrible.

    Wishing you all the best on May 15th!
    Cause: car accident & genetics
    Effect: herniations C4-7, stenosis, osteoarthritis, myelopathy, neuropathy
    Non-invasive Treatment: everything under the sun
    Invasive Treatment: 2 level ACDF, C5 & C6, May 2012
    Moving Forward: SCS
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