It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Spinal Cord Disorders Message Board

  • numbness after cervical spine surgery

  • Post New Thread   Closed Thread
    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Old 08-20-2006, 09:34 PM   #1
    Nennie
    Member
    (female)
     
    Join Date: Aug 2006
    Location: Alabama
    Posts: 51
    Nennie HB User
    Question numbness after cervical spine surgery

    Hi, I had lamenectomy on C-5, C-6 on 7-12-06. After my surgery I had alot of numbness and weakness, especially on my right side. It has gotten better but I still have alot of numbness in my right hand, arm, and side. I also have alot of stiffness on my entire right side. I had NONE of these symptoms before surgery. It was a have-to situation as the blood flow in my spine was being compromised and I was starting to get clumsey. My NS says it will all go away and I will be 100% but that it will take a while. They did an MRI after surgery because of the symptoms and said everything looked great. Has anyone else had this problem??? And if so how long till it got better? All that was done was part of my vertebra which was deformed was taken off. They didn't have to do any fusion. Please Help, this is kind of scarey. Thanks so much, Nennie

     
    Sponsors Lightbulb
       
    Old 08-20-2006, 09:40 PM   #2
    mthu2189
    Junior Member
    (female)
     
    Join Date: Aug 2006
    Location: australia gold coast
    Posts: 19
    mthu2189 HB User
    Re: numbness after cervical spine surgery

    Hey there Nennie

    I would say the neuro surgeon is right, all things like that take time to heal. Due to the spinal cord being compressed it obviously was pushing on the area of your right side, and that would be why you have the numbness etc, but the nerves can heal themselves, slowly but it is possible, chin up and be confident that you will heal, our body is amazing, it just takes nerves a little longer.

     
    Old 08-21-2006, 05:32 AM   #3
    sunshine221
    Veteran
    (female)
     
    Join Date: Sep 2005
    Posts: 409
    sunshine221 HB User
    Re: numbness after cervical spine surgery

    I'm one of the few laminectomies posting here. My surgery was 9-2-05 so I'm coming up on one year. My symptoms sound similar to yours. I went to the doc because my walking gait was off and I didn't even realize how weak my right side had been getting. My surgery was considered "urgent" and was done within three weeks of diagnosis. After surgery I had some numbness, twitching of fingers, etc. that I don't remember having before surgery. I took about 10 months for it to 90% go away. (My gait is still off, might be permanent damage at this point, but other symptoms are significantly improved.)

    Hang in there. I played 9 holes of golf yesterday and I'd like to try tennis, but I'm a bit worried about the stress of hitting the ball causing tremors.

    My understanding with a laminectomy is that it "frees" the cord to move and that can cause intermittant problems. Also, the results aren't as immediate as people see with an ACDF.

    I'll try to watch for your posts.
    -Gloria

     
    Old 08-22-2006, 03:07 AM   #4
    jenjen393
    Member
    (female)
     
    jenjen393's Avatar
     
    Join Date: Apr 2006
    Location: PA
    Posts: 96
    jenjen393 HB User
    Re: numbness after cervical spine surgery

    Hi,
    It's good to hear that it will eventually go away!!!

    I'm experiencing symptoms very similar to yours also...It's been 5 months since c5/c7 ACDF....In addition to right sided numbness, I'm now having the following symptoms...my entire head is numb, I'm now experiencing pins and needles, and some very brief, very intense head pain....

    The neurosurgeon referred me to a neurologist...I just had a lower back MRI and an EMG (nerve testing on the right side of my body).....he also told me that my pre-op brain MRI showed some ischemic abnormalities on the right side of the brain, but he attributes that to age (I'm ONLY 41!!).....that kinda scares me!

    I go to see him for test results in 2 days. Here's hoping for good news!!

    Have a wonderful day!
    Jennifer

     
    Closed Thread

    Related Topics
    Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
    New to Board w/ c5-c6 hernation--facial and scalp numbness binx Spinal Cord Disorders 9 12-13-2011 01:03 PM
    Disc problem with pain and numbness in left arm Nuggsy Back Problems 1 03-25-2010 07:11 PM
    Numbness and tingling of extremities Sinda Arthritis 9 11-12-2009 05:37 PM
    Finger, Arm, and Facial Numbness Baybreeze Spinal Cord Disorders 17 06-20-2009 07:06 AM
    Help - numbness..tingling... skhinz Back Problems 2 03-24-2008 05:47 AM
    Can buldging discs cause arm pain and numbness bertee2007 Back Problems 1 02-12-2008 07:43 PM
    Numbness Remains in Finger after ACDF speli Spinal Cord Disorders 6 08-19-2005 07:41 PM
    Pinched Nerve & Numbness on head/arms/legs help with advice please jennyVee Pain Management 1 05-14-2005 04:15 AM
    Numbness question. Is there hope? Dr. appt scheduled. j_f_2003 Spinal Cord Disorders 15 06-30-2003 01:23 PM




    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Search this Thread:

    Advanced Search

    Posting Rules
    You may not post new threads
    You may not post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is Off
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are Off
    Pingbacks are Off
    Refbacks are Off




    Sign Up Today!

    Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

    I want my free account

    All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:26 PM.





    2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved.
    Do not copy or redistribute in any form!