I’m post op from neck surgery fusion is it normal my hands feel numb?

I’m post op for three weeks and two days now from neck surgery fusion not sure of which disc that fused together it was about a five hour surgery but any way the reason I’m writing this is that when I wake up in the morning my hands are numb and tingling and feels like they are sewed on sounds crazy I know but eventually it goes away but my left arm starts getting getting a cold sensations and do not have a neck brace that fits right. Sure could use some comforting thoughts


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Ayman Darrag
4:05 pm

Hi, Since you are getting these numbness after waking up in the morning this may indicate that there is a problem with your pillow you sleep on , it should be fitting to your shoulder if you sleep on sides, that it must well fill the space being not too firm neither too soft. Of you sleep on the back ,then you should sleep with your shouLders and head at the same level by putting your shoulder above the pillow too, Spasm in the muscles can lead to this numbness and irritation of the nerve roots leading to these sensations.… Read more »

Ahmed Fawzy
4:35 pm

This problem will go away on its own by resuming you daily exercise, I recommend not wearing a neck brace, instead wear a shoulder support (hold shoulder in retraction)
My opinion your surgery was a success
You will improve by time
Good Luck

Dr.Honey Arora
8:19 am

Thanks for the query..

Well, the symptoms will gradually get better on its own and it is not very uncommon to see such symptoms..
Neck brace is not as such needed..
You should consult your doctor and discuss so that you can be advised guided physiotherapy with gradually increasing the exercises or load..
It will help..
Also muscle relaxants can be advised..
Lastly keep changing sides while sleeping if you wake up..
Do mild exercises in the morning to alleviate symptoms faster..

Hope this helps..