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i am 4 months post acdf of c5, c6. I had problems ever since a few days postop. My whole left arm had a pulling sensation to it, it felt like it was being stretched or pulled. Now recently the stabbing pain between my shoulder blades that i had before the operation is back along with alot of pain at my left shoulder blader, it hurts to even touch it, and i have pain that radiates down my left arm, from my shoulder,intor my forearm, where it hurts like heck, into my hand causing numbness and tingling in the left thumb, index finger, and middle finger. My left hand has a tremor to it now at times. It hurts to reach out, extend my arm, but that has lessened. It hurts to rotate my arm backwards and certain movements cause alot of pain. I can not raise my left hand to shoulder height and keep it there for three minutes. This whole operation was a flop for me, although the doctor calls it a success. ESTELLA
Hi Estella

Sorry to hear you are having so much pain post op. Have you had another MRI to see what is going on?

I have to wonder if you have some other problems that have come on(other disc issues)...With myself I have been thinking this new pain might be coming from my C6-7 disc(the level below my ACDF). C6-7 has a small bulge to it pre-op, so I wonder if the new pressure from C5 being totally removed is causing my new issues.

Pretty scared about it all, plus no one seems to be answering this post other then you... :(

-Sean
Sean,
Yes I worry about my other disc level too, my c6-c7 has bulging and osteophyte formation at that level as well. The surgeon said it wasnt bad enough to fuse when i had the c5 c6 done. Estella





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