I had a 2 level acdf c4-6 in December. My recovery has been pretty run of the mill issues. I am week 10 post-op. I wore the miami j brace for 8 1/2 weeks, the past week I have been moving my neck much more and experienced no pain etc, good range of motion.
HOWEVER, I have noticed I have a crackling, clicking, or what I would call popping sounds in my neck. I felt good, but today feel a little sore. I never had these things from my prior problems only now. Has anyone else discovered this, had this, and is it a sign of a problem if you had it?? I really hope not, but it is making me nervous.
You are not alone. I had acdf (3 levels) Dec.8th 2004 and I too have a cracking sound and feeling at the base of my scull when I move after sitting still for a while. I go back for a checkup in June. My 2nd myelogram looked okay so I guess it's the new wearing off!! I have pain on the back side of my neck when I sit looking at the computor screen for a while that I used to not have. Doc states this is normal from surgery and should go away. Let me know if you find out about the cracking or popping. Good luck.
I also have a lot of 'noise' occuring in my neck..both crackling and clicking..sometimes it feels as though it is catching. I was not fused..so I know it is not hardware. My surgery was a 5 level posterior cervical laminectomy. (for congenital stenosis) I am about 16 months out and it has not resolved itself. I try to ignore it, but find myself worrying when it gets really bad. I dont know if it is new arthritis or not, and I worry that if it is, it may impinge again on the spinal cord. I now call or e mail my doc when I am concerned about anything....I think it is better than worrying.This board is also fabulous..I have learned a lot about what to be concerned with and what is 'normal'.
thanks for all the answers! I go for my 3 month on 4/7 and i do intend on exploring this further. they weren't overly concerned but said watch it. I put the collar back on more and it seems to be making these noises less. I will post what they say when I go back. I can say I notice the small pain i do feel comes and goes with the noise. the days i feel bad i notice i hear the noise more!
ACDF can also be called anterior cervial discectomy and fusion.