I'm 5 months post op from an ACDF 2 level fusion surgery in my neck due to a car accident which left me almost paralyzed. I'm curious to find out if my left side pain and numbness radiating down my arm and leg are within normal recovery from the decompression of my spinal canal with on and off stiff neck too. I went to my second follow up with my neurosurgeon and he is telling me my fusion isnt complete but the xrays show progression of fusion. So I'm told my spine looks like it's healing accordingly, but he is concerned with my leftside pain and numbness. I'm truly concerned, but trying to not dwell and stay strong in mind.& body as I still feel like something isnt quite right? Anyone having similar post op recovery issues?
Also is post op depression a common side effect? I'm in search of a support group or will have to seek out a pain counselor/program as I am in excruciating pain so much so at times I still can't turn my neck.
Remaining hopeful as I'm sitting with ice and soft collar on my neck unable to sleep. Hope to hear positive feedback.
Wishing you all more good days than bad...