Recovering after Spinal Fusion in neck
Hello all. I've been reading some of these posts on here and I finally decided to log in and post one of my own.
Quick background. Last year, I had a discectomy on the L5/S1 disc. It was and still is a long recovery. I just got back to work in June of 2009, when I started having pain in my neck, and numbness in my arm. I went back to my neurosurgeon, and found that i had the C5-C6 disc pressing on my spinal cord. Having just missed 4 months of work from my lower back surgery, I decided to wait it out on the neck. I gave up waiting early in 2010 and decided to have a spinal fusion done in March.
Immediately after the surgery, as in the next day, the numbess in my left arm and hand was gone. I was able to hold onto items without dropping. I thought the surgery worked. Spent 2 days in hospital and then headed home with a neckbrace. The weeks following surgery, I started having twitching in my neck. Pretty severe. I had no mobility in neck, so we decided that PT was the best option. After 2 weeks of PT, I started getting much of my mobility back, although I still can finish a can of beer because I can't tilt my head back.
Last week in PT, I started getting pain on the left side of my neck, and in middle of shoulders. Thinking this was normal recovery aches, I pressed on. A few days ago, the pain and numbness in left arm and hand came back with a vengence. I shut down PT and will be seeing Surgeon for follow up appt.
I was wondering if this was normal, not normal. I have had this feeling before, and I'm leaning towards it being a problem. Right after my surgery, everything was getting good. In fact, the leg and heel pain I was experiencing from my lower back injury/surgery had suddenly disappeared. But now it has also returned.
Any help, advice, or shared experience would be greatly appreciated.