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Started by VictorLee 1 week 1 day ago

Is there anyone out there who there cervical fusion affected their legs?
Nerve swelling, balance issues? I really would appreciate some input. 8/14 will be year since c3-c6 fusion. What's the longest recovery ever heard of?I only get half cocked answers from Dr. and staff.
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Hi, VictorLee, you might find other areas of this website helpful. Click on the three horizontal lines (upper left) for the Main Menu. The articles on Conditions are especially good! They can tell you about which spinal nerves affect different parts of your body. Check out the Treatments section too.

It took me a year to feel completely recovered from my C5-C7 fusion. If you doctor isn’t helpful in explaining and helping with your current symptoms, I would suggest getting a second opinion! Your symptoms may not be associated with your cervical fusion, so you should really get it checked out.

Best wishes!!

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Thanks Bonnie Rae, from your last response it prompted me to contact my surgeon and he scheduled MRI for lumbar region which I took yesterday so we will see because it's been a year as of 8/14.
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Hi,
I did have my cervical affect my legs as well. I had burning sensation in my legs and some balance issues. Now i am 9 months post op after my fusion surgery. The burning sensation has almost in pain level of 2, so it doesn't bother me much now. I was told I had severe spinal cord compression involved due to disc prolapse. I am still recovering from nerve pain

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Thanks! Are you still having balance issues! Do your legs stiffen, almost like you are walking on stilts? Couple of days over a year and I'm still a fall risk

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To Bonnie Rae, I found this website when looking for answers to pain I'm having in my hands and arms after cervical fusion surgery in my neck. Its been 17 days and pain is consistent and intense. Please, please let me know how you're doing after your surgery. I'm terrified this will be permanent.

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Hi, 1saintsgirl, 17 days is waaaaay to soon to expect major pain relief! For me, the pain was 1) surgical site, 2) throat symptoms from moving the esophagus out of the way, and 3) muscle spasms in the back and sides of the neck. The things that helped were ice packs (front and back), Tylenol, and muscle relaxers. Follow your doctor’s instructions!! After 90 days I went to physical therapy which is a terrific help! Take everything slowly. Rest when you need to, walk as much as you can to regain your strength. Nerves grow back slowly. After 6 mos, I felt much, much better, but still some pain. At 1 yr I was pretty much back to normal. It has been 5 yrs now and I don’t really think about it any more! No pain!

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1saintsgirl - My hand and arm pain were mostly relieved right out of surgery. But it improved more and more as the swelling reduced over the next several weeks. Try to be patient! Best wishes!!

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Thank you so much Bonnie Rae. Both surgical sites (throat and hip) are much better, I'm swallowing fine now. It's just my arms hurt so badly, much worse then prior to,surgery. I noticed that the pain intensifies a lot after riding in the car and I'm guessing it's the jarring motion....which makes me scared to walk too much. The doctors office told me 6-12 weeks but I'm hearing 6 months and that sounds sooo long considering I is was in a lot of pain for 6 months before they finally discovered that discs had collapsed. As long as I know there's an end in site I can do this but it's definitely taking its toll. I can't tell you how much reading your story and positive affirmations has meant to me. I'm so glad you respond so quickly. I really needed to hear words of hope today. Thank you! P.S. 5 days ago, my doctor said 'you should start weaning off of gabopentin'. I just thought 'are you crazy??' Do you think I should say something? To me he's clearly not getting the amount of pain I'm in.

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1saintsgirl - You should always ask your doctor if you have questions! This is major surgery, so they should be used to follow-up questions! I didn’t take gabapentin, so I don’t know how long you should expect to take it. My suggestion is to focus on using things like ice (or heating pad), muscle relaxers, and over-the-counter pain relievers as much as possible to supplement your prescription pain meds.

I remember how much it hurt to ride in a car! That’s about the only time I grabbed my cervical collar for support! But walking is really necessary to help regain strength after surgery. Even if you only walk 5 min. at a time! Just increase it by 5 min. every few days, as you tolerate it.

And do take physical therapy when your doctor ok’s it, especially from a physical rehab center or sports medicine clinic - they are excellent help in designing exercise specifically for your needs! It’s like having a personal trainer!

I’m happy to answer any questions I can. Hang in there!

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Hi Bonnie Rae, I'm using ice packs all the time not sure it helps but o feel like I'm doing something. What's the physical therapy for? I walk fine and if it weren't for the horrible pain in my arms I could walk for miles. Does it help with anything else?

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Oh, my — it helps in so many ways! First, it helps improve your range of motion in your neck. It also helps relieve some of the muscle spasms. Exercise itself can increase endorphins and relieve some pain. They will likely use heat and massage to relax your tight muscles and a Tens unit to stimulate recovery. My therapist says that surgery in one area of the spine affects the other areas, so therapy can help your overall spine health. Unfortunately many surgeons focus on getting you through the procedures, but are not well versed in actual recovery. With a good physical therapist and good communication about how you’re feeling and what is helping ( or not helping), you can get better faster and with more confidence. It can really help keep you positive because it’s something you can do to help heal yourself! And teach you how to avoid problems in the future.

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@victor Lee
I don't have balance issue, but the burning sensation still persistent. Can you please tell me what difference you saw in each 3, 6 and 1 year period. I just want to know how you feel post 1 year Vs pre-surgery.

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Hi
I don't know if I would be a good advice post surgery/recovery spokesman. First of all after surgery when they told me to wiggle toes, fingers etc. I couldn't move a thing including myself for maybe two weeks. Then one of the surgery staff for lack of better words came in my room and said I would get a second opinion. So my recovery after surgery was temporary paralysis, from hospital to 3 different Rehabilitation facilities all in wheelchair about 90days post surgery then walker for another 4 months, cane for another 4months keeping in mind my insurance ended 12/31 so everything is on me. Now waiting for results of MRI thinking there may be lumbar issues makes me think that's why she mentioned 2nd opinion
I would hate it if a surgery has to be performed on my back but what can I do . I want to walk normal again.

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Don't worry, everything would go good. Prayers from me !

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Thanks I'm Christian and believer in the POWER OF PRAYER!

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