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so, had ACDF (c5/6-c6/7) about a month ago.

When I woke up, my left side was weak. Couldn't walk, couldn't do much with the left arm. After a month of PT, it's coming along very slowly.

But day two after my surgery, my right side became numb. I'm talking EXACTLY my right side. You can draw a line down the middle of me (yes, including my private parts) and the right side of me is numb. I cannot feel hot or cold and my right leg is increasingly becoming weaker.

A post-op MRI shows another area on the backside of my first surgery where the spinal cord has narrowed. My surgeon sez he can fix what's wrong with me my doing a post fusion- going in from the back. He can't guarantee me this will fix my legs 100%.

I have talked with people who had the post surgery, and they tell me it's awful painful, and sometimes it causes even more problems.

I thought leg problems were caused with lower back problems (which I never have had) and not from the neck. To me, it sounds like a completely different problem which was rushed due to the surgery. Anyways, I have a second opinion consult scheduled with the Cleveland Clinic.

I was just wondering if anyone has had exactly half of their body numb?
Hi there....I am a bit confused on when they started PT? You say your surgery was about a month ago but then say you have been doing PT for a month....This would be crazy for them to start you on PT immediately after a fusion....It is usually started a month AFTER recovery....

I'm also surprised they did a follow up MRI so soon after surgery...They usually do a post op X-ray to see the hardware and make sure it's in place...but to put someone through another MRI is not the norm.

Unfortunately with any type of fusion...there isn't any guarantee about recovery...

I would be seeking out a totally different Board Certified Neurosurgeon to get at least 2-3 more opinions...Being Board Certified makes all the difference...

You could just be having a major flare up of all the nerves because of doing PT too soon after the fusion....I would absolutely not be jumping into another fusion a month after this one unless they (2-3 more BC Neuro's opinions as I mentioned) thought it was a true emergency and something went terribly wrong with this fusion.

I have had 3, two-level, cervical fusions and the last one was done both Anterior AND Posterior in the same surgery...they just flipped me like a burger:) I needed this 3rd surgery since my 2nd surgery was not done very well at all by another Neuro.....but we tried many things for close to a year before we did the 3rd one as he did not want to rush into doing this.

Because you don't mention being in excruciating pain but it's more about the numbness....this is the reason that if it were me...I would trying to see if things calm down in the next months....It can take up to a year for a fusion to heal....but the first few months are crucial to nerve healing. This is why I am floored that they sent you directly to PT within days of your surgery.....

Obviously none of us are Drs. here and giving advice based on our own experiences...I just pray that you get the advice of more Neuros to find out what they think and hopefully it will be just a matter of time for your nerves to calm down and regain feeling and movement.
I went to PT, primarily for my weak left side 10 days after surgery. Nothing strenuous; just some range of motion stuff. They did the MRI because of the condition of the right side.

There's not a lot of pain involved; only when I am walking after PT or other semi-strenuous walking. And that's not too bad. I am scared because the right leg is getting weaker- even with the PT.

I had some problems with my right thigh prior to surgery. It would become so sensitive that while walking, my shorts would cause pain by rubbing against it. Then after a week, the sensitiveness would be replaced by numbness for another week. Then the symptoms to go away entirely for many months. I had been noticing some general leg weaknesses over the past year, but I thought that was because of a few extra pounds I was carrying. It's not lack of exercise as I walk approximately a mile a day at work.

My doc seems to think it's all because of the swelling and messing with the nerves from the first surgery. He says by relieving the pressure on the other side, it will fix what's wrong.

He's the best Neurologist in town. But he's just the best in THIS town. I should be hearing from the Cleveland Clinic in the next few days for my second opinion appointment.
I went to PT, primarily for my weak left side 10 days after surgery. Nothing strenuous; just some range of motion stuff. They did the MRI because of the condition of the right side.

There's not a lot of pain involved; only when I am walking after PT or other semi-strenuous walking. And that's not too bad. I am scared because the right leg is getting weaker- even with the PT.

I had some problems with my right thigh prior to surgery. It would become so sensitive that while walking, my shorts would cause pain by rubbing against it. Then after a week, the sensitiveness would be replaced by numbness for another week. Then the symptoms to go away entirely for many months. I had been noticing some general leg weaknesses over the past year, but I thought that was because of a few extra pounds I was carrying. It's not lack of exercise as I walk approximately a mile a day at work.

My doc seems to think it's all because of the swelling and messing with the nerves from the first surgery. He says by relieving the pressure on the other side, it will fix what's wrong.

He's the best Neurologist in town. But he's just the best in THIS town. I should be hearing from the Cleveland Clinic in the next few days for my second opinion appointment.
[QUOTE=tomyo10;5058450]Gonna think something happened during your surgery. Something nicked something inside your body. That's what doctors think happened to me.

A week from today I'm going back for a anterior re-do and a posterior laminectomy. They start in the front then flip me over. If this doesn't fix me, then I'm stuck with what i have.

Good luck with yours- please let me know.

Tom[/QUOTE]
Well here goes:
Went to see the stand-in surgeon (Mine is away on sebatical for 6 mths) and had a great chat to her (Yes a woman neurosurgeon).
She spent quite sometime explaining what was what- not really what I wanted to hear but at least I now know all about it.
The nerve damage was much worse than expected and may never recover. Most of the problem is inside the nerve sheath and, even if done earlier, a similiar result would have happened.
The muscles in my left shoulder and arm, have wasted away to a great degree possibly to never return. I now have to stop it getting worse.
The right is similiar-just not so bad.
I am to have another MRI concentrating higher up so to see if there is still something that can be done so that's a positive I guess.
Otherwise it's all done and dusted )-:. There is no magic potion available so I guess I have to adapt.
Started showing up after fall in March 2011. Is worse now after surgery but awaiting MRI (still) to see what other problems there maybe.





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