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Started by VictorLee on 08/12/2019 5:38pm

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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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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Well Bonnie Rae, Srimdu ,MRI discovered something about the thoracic and I believe she said L3-L5 canal in lower back squeezing spine. Will have more clarification on Thursday at consultation to discuss options

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Thank God you pushed your doctors!! What a relief to know they've actually found something! That's my biggest fear is that something else is going on and they're not seeing it. I can't compare myself to you. I'll be at 4 weeks in 2 days and I'm still having major pain in my hands and arms. My doctor offered to do an MRI in 2 weeks if things haven't improved. Many, many prayers for you!

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VictorLee - I’m so happy you’ve found the problem with your lumbar spine. I had problems in the same locations - cervical and lumbar spine, with some noticed changes in the thoracic spine. They each affect certain specific nerves, so your leg symptoms made me think of lumbar issues. Best wishes for your upcoming doctor appointment! Let us know how you’re doing!

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I definitely will Bonnie Rae and prayers to you!

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Hi VictorLee
Yes! I’m going through this right now. I’m off balance it’s very debilitating . My neurosurgeon is not saying much but that I’m fine. I had a mri of the the thoracic and lumbar I have arthritis and bulging disc and I have pain shooting down my right leg that wakes me at night. But I’m fine , yeah right! I had a cervical fusion from the C-3 to the T1 . Ps I was off balance before the surgery and nerve pain. My spinal cord was just decompressed so I wouldn’t end up paralyzed. This is crazy situation and it doesn’t feel good at all..

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Hi bioniclady48
You are the closest to my symptoms I've heard yet! As my stenosis progressed, I was loosing balance, tripping over my own feet.
I hope by being persistent you get resolution, or hopefully you are fine and it just takes rest and time. My surgeon kept telling me he doesn't know it's a one out of 9million situation. How consoling. Get well
You're in my prayers.

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Ok my friends it's my thoracic spine upper mid back spine is being pinched by bone spur? Anyway I have the MRI imaging and can see it plain as day. Setting surgery within the next month. Only because I'm depending on hospital financial assistance which I been approved for about a month for my primary which my surgeon is partner of hospital, Howell Allen Clinic, but each department you have to fill out the exact same paperwork over and over go figure, but its better than nothing especially being denied SSDI which is in appeal over a year since I worked, BUT GOD! It's slowly coming together. Keep you all posted

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Hi VictorLee
I’m glad they found problem and good luck.
Thank you as well, trust me I’m going to keep looking for answers. Plus I hope and pray this gets better with time the pain and symptoms are just horrible. I’ll keep you in my prayers and praying everything goes great for you. Thanks for keeping us posted my friend.

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VictorLee - I’m so glad to hear that your doctor finally is able to diagnose your problem areas!! What type of surgery will you be having? Fusion? Laminectomy? The main thing, though, is that you know what you’re dealing with! Best wishes!

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He didn't use none of that terminology simply showed me MRI the canal where the spine goes straight through the canal,well that canal has bone spur buildup squeezing the spine. He assured me not nearly extensive as cervical fusion. Don't think fusion is involved just decompression.

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