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I am 3 days post op from my c6-c7 acdf and overall feel very good considering the type of surgery. My concern is, I still have some of the same symptoms that I had before surgery (primarily numbness and tingling in both legs and some minor "nerve burn" and tightness in my mid-section) 1. Is this normal? and 2. Are these the types of symptoms that may take months to disappear completely if at all?
This is normal. Your surgeon relieved the pressure on your nerve roots, but it takes time for your nerves to heal themselves. Surgeons I work with say weeks to months for these symptoms to go away. Hang in there. It sounds like your surgery went well!
Same with me. I had the C5 - C7 2 level Cage and Plate ACDF on the 8th. 1 week tomorrow. Overall I'm feeling way better than I thought I would. The intense, painful tingling that used to envelop my entire left hand was gone when I woke up from surgery. I have felt some residual tingling and pains, but I figured that was stuff healing up. Still kind of nervous about hurting myself, but not as much as before.

Best thing for me - No cigs since the morning of the surgery. I never thought I could do it, but I have not smoked even one puff. The thought of having to repeat this ordeal because I smoked and made the fusion fail has given me a bit of will power I didn't have before!!

I hope you do better every day!!!
[QUOTE=CCTVEngineer;4706223]Same with me. I had the C5 - C7 2 level Cage and Plate ACDF on the 8th. 1 week tomorrow. Overall I'm feeling way better than I thought I would. The intense, painful tingling that used to envelop my entire left hand was gone when I woke up from surgery. I have felt some residual tingling and pains, but I figured that was stuff healing up. Still kind of nervous about hurting myself, but not as much as before.

Best thing for me - No cigs since the morning of the surgery. I never thought I could do it, but I have not smoked even one puff. The thought of having to repeat this ordeal because I smoked and made the fusion fail has given me a bit of will power I didn't have before!!

I hope you do better every day!!![/QUOTE]

Hello,
I wish you both a full recovery, it will take at least 1 month to really start to feel better and actually notice a difference(symptom/pain wise), you both have had major surgery and your body needs the rest to heal. Congrats CCTVEngineer on being smoke free! I quit smoking after 20+yrs so my fusion would not fail as well(I had C4-C5,C5-C6,C6-7 fused in 2009). I have to say there is not one thing that I miss about smoking (yeah me, lol)Take care to both and just be patient in your healing process, Bunz
I have level 3 acdf of C4-C7 Jan 19. There is a shiny new 2 1/2 inch titanium plate in there as well. The reason I had surgery was to fix some severe stenosis in that area. I also had a lot of neck should arm and rib pain from pinched nerve/inflammation/arthritis in my cervical spine.

The first month post op, I was in a lot of pain. I had muscle spasms and all kinds of pinched nerve pain in my arms neck and shoulders. All the pain and symptoms I was having from the stenosis were gone when I woke up from surgery. The other stuff, the arthritis pain and inflammation in my neck that causes so much neck shoulder arm and rib pain...that's still there in full force. I knew that was likely to happen going into this, so I am not disappointed. Regardless of how the surgery affected the nerve pain I was having in my arms, I HAD to have surgery to relieve pressure on my spinal cord. I'm following my doctors orders to the letter. I don't smoke, so that's a lucky plus for me as far as fusion goes.

I'm completing my second month post-op now. I'm actually starting to feel better, really better, for the first time, since a long time before I had surgery. My neck is still weak, sore, etc, but I know I will get stronger and better with a little more time.

I go back to the doctor in a few weeks for more xrays. If it looks good then, we are going to start some physical therapy so I can return to work.

Don't get frustrated. It takes time. You will heal, and you will feel better. Follow your doctors instructions. Use the ice. Take your meds. Take it easy. Heal.
I too had the acdf 3/7, i have no pain at all but i developed a nasty rash all around the incision,itchy and red. i suppose i'm lucky compared to some others on here.
Nerves heal VERY slowly. So while many people wake up from ACDF with some immediate relief there are other symptoms that can take months to alleviate. And during recovery you can have new symptoms develop due to the natural healing process which involves some swelling, your neck now moving differently so muscles have to re-learn how to work that area, etc.
I'm 40 days post ACDF C 6/7 with Peek cage. Numbness/ Tingly-ness is normal, it will subdue and more than likely disappear.





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