I recently had spinal surgery, I had dislocated my C5 and C6 as a result of a diving accident. A plate with 2 rods and 4 pins was fused in the surgery. I was 3 months with a neck brace and underwent some physio therapy, mostly various exercise. I had pain in both arms and was limited in my arm movement. Most of that has returned although I still experience a lot of pain in my right arm when stretching or reaching and some numbness on occasion. I continued to have some discomfort in the neck but am experiencing increased pain lately in the nape of my neck and upper shoulders and a lot of dizziness/lightheadedness.
Could this be related to the injury? I am considering contacting my surgeon for perhaps another x-ray as he indicated that the pins can sometimes move...come out.
The symptoms could be related to injury and likely to be due to a pinched cervical spinal nerve. This may also be due to the pressure of plates and screws on the cervical spinal nerves. So, more than an X-ray maybe a MRI of the cervical spine will be more useful. Please consult your surgeon regarding this. Hope this helps. Take care!
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