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Post Surgery

I had a 2 level cervical surgery on 11/27.  The pain and numbness I had prior of the surgery was gone when I woke up from the surgery.  However my left arm was hurting and is still currently. It is constant I also have numbness and tingling to my fingertips. I can barely raise that arm.   This is more painful than my right arm prior to surgery.  I have had 3 rounds of prednisone, I take 600mg of Gabapentin 3 times a day and 10 mg of Percocet every 4 hours. Prior I took no medication. 

Has anyone else had this happen?  I had been told I would be able to return to work 2-3 weeks after surgery.  That did not happen. 

Thanks in advance for any input.



  • L4_L5LL4_L5 Posts: 1,416
    edited 12/30/2018 - 5:49 AM

    2-3 weeks to return to work sounds insane to me but I’m not a doctor.

    All fusion people I know measure recovery in months, not weeks.

    I would book an appmt with the surgeon to express my concerns.

  • I have seen my surgeon and or his PA several times since my surgery. Had an MRI showing some narrowing in C4/5 which is one of the levels that was fused.  But said he said the pain should be on the opposite side.  Ordered a CT but the results were sent after the surgeons office closed on Friday for the New Years Holiday.  They will not be open until Wednesday.  I may try and get a copy of the report tomorrow if the imaging center is open.  I know he is looking for possible bone or disk fragment to be piercing a nerve.

    This pain is very bad and constant. 

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