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neck fusion 4,5,6, nerve question

Hi I am 50 yrs old , suffered from a severely herniated c6 disk , thanks to the chiropractor, i walked in for a routine adjustment and could not get up off the table , but that is all behind me now , and i don't think i would ever want to use another chiropractor , so my question goes out to the people whom may have had this surgery , i would like to know how long it took to get the feeling back into the left hand thumb area and how long to get the nerves right , i am 9 weeks since surgery i am told it all looks good plates and screws are all intact , no pain but the numbness is still there , any insight will be appreciated


  • My feeling returned immediately after op on c5-7 with fusion. Had muscle spasms for several weeks and som residual nerve pain I explain the whole thing in the pain forum, my surgeon said the longer you wait to operate the longer restoration takes and the results may not be comprehensive. Good luck!
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  • Nerve recovery can take weeks or months, up to two years. That doesn't mean that you won't see improvement as time passes, but it really depends on how long the nerve was compressed/impinged, the extent of it, how much was moved around during surgery, and it is a slow process. Nerves recover at a rate of about 1-2 mm per month, so it can take a bit of time.....that being said, you may notice changes from total numbness to pins and needles, to stinging pain, or electric zaps as the nerves recover.
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