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What to expect after neck disectomy

Jenna1212JJenna1212 Posts: 1
edited 10/10/2015 - 11:35 AM in Recovering from Surgery
i am three weeks post op from having disc fusion at c5/c6 and c6/c7. i am very impatient when it comes to results so have to remind myself pain and discomfort is normal after surgery. i dealt with being in pain for so long im worried i will not be completely pain free. i have good days and bad days mostly at night. experience pain in the back of my neck that radiates to the middle of my back. also still have some burning in left side of face and left arm. doctor says this pain is normal and muscles and tendons will take time to heal from the disturbance during the surgery. hoping someone else can relate to this. im so ready to be back to my old self.

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  • I understand your frustration about recovery! I had cervical spine reconstruction surgery down to T-1. Telling me to slow down is like telling a dog not to gnaw on a good bone. lol. I am also 3 weeks post op, still have the numbness and burnt skin feeling in my left arm, hand, some on my right, muscle knots/spasms in my shoulders and neck area, but those are starting to get better. As my nurse told me the other day when I called whining about the spasms (which I'm not typically a whiner) and burny/numby feeling, this is all perfectly normal. Nerves heal a millimeter a day, so be patient (again, not my strong suit!) and rest a lot. I have found some boredom relief in schoolwork and crocheting (I have to prop up my arms to do this, but so happy to be crocheting again, since I am a yarn addict!). As for the pain, stay on your pain meds and relaxers, because I've made the mistake of trying to cut back too much too soon, because of feeling better. I wish you the best of luck in your recovery and wanted you to know there are others here going through what you are experiencing. :-)
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