I'm new…And new to cervical spine surgery.
I had ACDF C6/7 4 weeks ago. The first two weeks I had no pain.
Now, going into week 3 and 4, pain is coming back.
No neck pain, but aching pain in the left shoulder, armpit, left arm…Just as before the operation, it really hurts if I cough.
But this "new" pain is hard to understand…
Is it because the nerves are waking up…? How long might this take…? It seems a little worse each day.
I take a walk every day, wear soft collar.
Please, can somebody enlighten me with their wisdom. After the first two weeks of being pain-free I thought "YES!"…But now I'm a little depressed and unsure what is going on. I can't see a NS for a good few weeks. I'm dependent on the Italian State Health system. I can't just pick up a phone and talk to someone…
So please, don't wanna sound pathetic but would really appreciate some good, honest feedback on this post-op pain.