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Re: Post-Op Level 2 ACDF Muscle spasms

Re: Post-Op Level 2 ACDF Muscle spasms

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Posted by Carol on March 08, 2000 at 08:49:55:

In Reply to: Post-Op Level 2 ACDF Muscle spasms posted by Barbara on February 25, 2000 at 22:18:01:

: I am one week post-op after having Level 2 ACDF at C5-C6 w/donor bone. My main symptom for the last 3 1/2 yrs was muscle spasms in my shoulders, upper and mid-back. My left arm had a lot of weakness also, but I truly beleive the weakness was a result of the muscle spasm's also. My MRI showed 1 bulging disk at C5-C6 with impingement and two more herniated disks at C6-C7 with no cord compression. I was diagnosed with DDD, moderate spinal canal stenois and osteoarthritis all at C5-C6. My EMG was negative. I am continuing to have the muscle spasms since the surgery. My neuro-surgeon said they could last for as long as 3 months. Has anyone else had these horrid muscle spasms and can I hope for any relief from the surgery? My family doctor diagnosed me with Myofacial Pain Syndrome, and doesn't think the surgery will give me much relief. The neuro-surgeon said it will help. The only medication that helped with the spasms was valium, but of course they will not give me anymore of them, because I took them for 2 weeks straight before the surgery. I was given Percoset for my after surgery pain reliever, and it is not helping at all. Thanks for any help....

Hi, Barbara. I've been having the same horrid muscle spasms especially bad since my last surgery in July, 1999. That was my second surgery on C-4 through C-7. My Neuro prescribed some Morphine cream to rub into the muscles...It does help. I refuse to take medications due to bad experiences in the past. I do take Glucosamine and natural stuff. The last time I saw my Neurosurgeon, he mentions Fibromyalgia as a posibble problem...Do you know about this? Thought it might help if you had another idea to consider. I don't feel like I'm getting anywhere with the doctors as far as what's been happening with my case! This stuff is sometimes unbearable! Please e-mail me if you want to talk. Best of luck to you! Carol

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