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Acdf c4-7

PadorkePPadorke Posts: 1
edited 11/26/2014 - 4:30 AM in Recovering from Surgery
I had the acdf surgery c4-7 on October 9th 2014. I felt really good at 5 weeks post op and was even planning on returning to work. One night I woke up with a terrible burning pain down the right side of my neck, down into my left arm to my elbow. The surgen said i had disturbed the nerve root. Since then I have had constant pain in my elbow, and now shooting pains in my hands. I do not see the surgen again until the 9th. I Am concerned that this means the fusion is not working. I am taking 300mg of gabapentin 3x a day. With no relieve. Along with 800 mg of ibuprofen 3x a day. Does anyone know if this is normal?


  • LizLiz Posts: 9,745


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    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
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  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 606
    Taking ibuprofen isn't good after your surgery. It can slow your fusion process. That's what my surgeon told me. I would contact your surgeon. He might be able to increase your gabapentine to help with your nerve pain.
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