hi, i'm new here so im a little nervous about my question;
i sustained an injury from lifting overhead causing a rupture of my c5-6 disc. i had significant neck pain, pain under my scapula, and numbness in shoulder/arm/fingers....this led to my acdf of c5-6. i had immediate relief of the severe symptoms.... at my 3 week checkup my spine surgeon said my x-ray looked great and had me discontinue use of my j-collar. i was then permitted to lift up to 20+ pounds and drive (both i was too nervous to do.).... i began have shoulder and back pain as i began light chores. i am trying to back off my percocet and flexeril but the more activity i do the worse the pain gets. it radiates up my neck and down my back, not the same pain as the nerve pain before surgery. i called the doctor and he said i should have no pain, but put me on a steroid dose pack which really helped temporarily. now 7 weeks post-op and i'm still hurting. i go back to the doctor next week, however i am terribly discouraged about all this pain. is this familiar to anyone at 7 weeks? my doctor seems shocked each time i call.
thanks for any wisdom~ patience
you are still very fresh out of acdf surgery. 7 weeks is not a long time. every doctor, every individual is unique , but if anyone was to try to put an guess at which time frame do you really start to feel better, its the 3 month mark.
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