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Old 09-03-2006, 11:24 AM   #1
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wierd chest pain after acdf

any one else with muscle pain in chest after acdf??? probably normal but just thought id ask. thanks, leslie

 
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Old 09-03-2006, 11:37 AM   #2
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Re: wierd chest pain after acdf

How long has it been since your ACDF? I've had two ACDFs, and the first month or so post-op has all kinds of aches and pains, which generally make gradual improvement, and eventually get less and most go away.

I also have some chest pain that took me to the ER, thinking it was a cardiac problem, but my heart checked out OK.

So, can you provide any more details about your timelines, what levels were fused, did you have problems with spinal cord compressions, nerve branch compression, or both, and what you are experiencing?

If you even think it could be heart-related you should be seeking medical assistance.
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Old 09-03-2006, 11:53 AM   #3
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Re: wierd chest pain after acdf

hi bob, i had my acdf on the 28th of august, c5-6, 6-7 with plate and screws, spurs removed and nerve root compression released. 49yr old very active female thanks leslie

 
Old 09-03-2006, 11:55 AM   #4
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Re: wierd chest pain after acdf

nooooooooooo not at all heart related more bone muscle pain like you get after you execise when you havent for along time.

 
Old 09-03-2006, 01:03 PM   #5
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Re: wierd chest pain after acdf

Hi Leslie
You are not very long post-op, so congrats on being on the recovery side of this problem! Are any of your pre-op symptoms getting better?

My first ACDF was like yours (C5/6/7) with donor bone and plate/screws. I had a number of symptoms that got a LOT better right after the surgery - pain in the shoulder and shoulder blade, twitching, numbness and weakness in my left arm and hand - all of these were noticeably better by the time I left the hospital.

However, I did have some new pain that was related to the surgery. My NS explained it as due to some stretching and repositioning of various ligaments and tendons that attach to the spine - they push the vertebrae back to their original positions to insert the bone grafts, and then secure everything with the plate and screws. So things are sore while the body readjusts. I had pain if I took a deep breath, a sneeze was like the end of the world, it hurt to move my neck and head. All of this got better, but it took several weeks for most of the pain to go away, and several months to get to the next level of improvement.

After my second ACDF (C4/5), i have some residual pain that I don't think will ever completely go away, but I'm still a lot better off than before the surgeriies.

If your pain gets worse instead of better over the next several days, you should absolutely report this to your Dr. I had this happen after my 2nd one, and he put me on some steroids to reduce some inflammation and swelling.

Hang in there, you are likely over the worst of this and can expect improvement, but a lot of people here will tell you it may take time, like several months, to recover, and some report a year or two for things to get fully resolved. It all depends on how bad your problem was and how long it had been going on before the operation - each case is different.

Hope this helps
Bob

 
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