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Had neck surgery monday to untrap a nerve and remove and replace c5, 6, 7 disks. Since then been having a lot of major headaches. What could be the cause?

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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Pain Management
3 doctors agree

In brief: Headaches after sure

The most common is neck muscle spasms and tightness along with post operative changes and inflammation.
This is quite normal after neck surgery.

In brief: Headaches after sure

The most common is neck muscle spasms and tightness along with post operative changes and inflammation.
This is quite normal after neck surgery.
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
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David Escobar
Family Medicine
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In brief: Trauma

Pain after surgery including headaches is not unusual.
The anterior approach for disc removal and fusion is usually very well tolerated but sometimes the positioning of your neck and the spreading of the disc spaces can combine to cause the headaches you describe. Most commonly, pain referred from the cervical discs is between the shoulder blades. The headaches should resolve with time and meds.

In brief: Trauma

Pain after surgery including headaches is not unusual.
The anterior approach for disc removal and fusion is usually very well tolerated but sometimes the positioning of your neck and the spreading of the disc spaces can combine to cause the headaches you describe. Most commonly, pain referred from the cervical discs is between the shoulder blades. The headaches should resolve with time and meds.
David Escobar
David Escobar
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Depends

The three major causes in my experience are either muscle spasms that can go into the back of the head and neck and cause headaches, or an aggravation of an underlying headache problem, or there is a surgical complication known as a spinal fluid leak that can cause severe headaches.
If it does not resolve soon, you should be checked. Thank you for your question.

In brief: Depends

The three major causes in my experience are either muscle spasms that can go into the back of the head and neck and cause headaches, or an aggravation of an underlying headache problem, or there is a surgical complication known as a spinal fluid leak that can cause severe headaches.
If it does not resolve soon, you should be checked. Thank you for your question.
Dr. Edward Hellman
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