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I know it's early post-ACDF, but question about symptoms...
Thanks for reading and offering advice/experience.
I'm 1 week post-op from C6-7 ACDF. Prior to surgery, I had about 5-6 months of slight but noticeable weakness of my R triceps with some muscle loss. I also had pins/needles with certain neck/arm positions, especially in the top of the forearm and my thumb/index fingers. My recovery has been going ok so far-- only need vicodin at bedtime, and I'm getting by with only tylenol through the day. So far, no pin/needles in my arm, but I noticed immediately postop that my R index finger is quite a bit more numb and my R triceps is noticeably weaker.
Other than the usual swallowing stuff, this is the only thing really bothering me-- more so because I have no idea if it will continue to improve. My surgeon says this is not unexpected and feels that I just need time for things to improve. I suspect/hope he is correct, but I'd love to hear from anyone else who has had post-op worsening of weakness-- did it indeed get better with time? Am I just being paranoid? I know these things can take many months, but I'm just worried. Thanks to anyone who answers!!