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First Surgery Posterior Cervical Microdiscectomy C7/T1

Hi All,

i am a 35 y/o male that had a sport related accident and ruptured my C7/T1 disc.  I tried months of physical therapy, chiropractic, and massage therapy to resolve the right arm pain and neck pain.  I regained almost all my neck flexibility back and arm pain was less but I did not regain my arm strength or dexterity.  After cancelling more than once I finally took the neurosurgeons advice and had a microdiscectomy yesterday.   He said he pulled out a thumb size piece of herniated disc material.  

I did not get a whole lot of information on post op expectations other than he said I should make a quick recovery.  I must say almost all the nerve pain appears to be gone in my arm.  However there is some numbness and a tired/weak sensation in my right arm.  It's not too bad but just curious if this is to be expected and improve over the next few days.  It has not been bad other than feeling like I've been stabbed in the neck.  

I feel like it is has been a success since I feel immediately better and it was nice to be able to pretty comfortably sleep on my side again last night.  Look forward to some PT in a few weeks and get back to being active. 


  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    hello neckless !
    wow! you wrote your first post day after your surgery! it is good to hear that you are doing so well!
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  • Revival of an old post.  I’ve been doing pretty well with recovery but here of late my numbness has come back briefly when I sneeze.  It seems to mostly go away after 10-15 seconds and no real pain.  Should I be concerned?

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  • Hi Neckless

    Any changes are best checked with your medical team.




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