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Old 08-17-2006, 09:13 AM   #1
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neck spasms after acdf

Hi all,
I had acdf surgery in Jan '05 for stenosis and nerve compression. I have been doing really well since then, but recently I started having some neck spasms. They don't happen all the time but when they do it certainly bothers me. Should I worry about this or is this common? I would appreciate any feedback.

P.S. Should I tell my doctor?

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Old 08-17-2006, 09:07 PM   #2
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Re: neck spasms after acdf

I also experience spasms in the area where the incisions were made (that is, in the front so it feels like my throat is being squeezed). I've had ACDFs in Feb 04 and Feb 05. Like you, I don't experience these all the time, and when I do they seem to happen in groups. I've always attributed this to the surgeries, since I didn't have this happen before then.

I don't know if this indicates a serious problem or not so I'm interested to see if you get any responses from others who know more. They certainly are bothersome - when it happens to me I must stop what I'm doing, until they subside. I feel like it's hard to breathe or swallow.

Do you notice any pattern when this happens to you - is it triggered by certain motions or positions, stress, fatigue, etc? I've not been able to figure out any specific thing I do that might cause this to happen. Also, have you found anything that seems to make it stop? I just quite what I'm doing and try to relax, until they go away.

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