I am a 39 yo male. I underwent a c5-c6-c7 ACDF 10 weeks ago.
Prior to surgery my symptoms were numbness in fingers and neck pain.
I woke up from the surgery with completely numb index and thumb of my left hand that were ok prior the surgery.
My left arm was also extremely weak. I barely could lift it above my head. It has been so week that I have been using almost only my right arm lately. I also experience twitches in my biceps, triceps, shoulder and chest muscles. It looks like the whole muscle is jumping without telling it to do so. I first felt the twitches the night after my surgery when the morphine stopped working.
Is this twitching related to nerve regeneration/irritation?
Is it a common symptom here? Has anyone experienced this?
How long should I wait for it to calm down?
The strength in my arm is about 80% now, the numbness is almost gone.
If not the twitching I am worried about I would say the surgery was successful.
Can anyone relate?
PS. Im not wearing a collar since 7th week post op.