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What causes neck pain after a laminectomy?

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Posted on Mon, 10 Nov 2014
Question: I had a laminectomy, disectomy and effusion in 2009...I have two rods with 3 titanium screw on each side of my neck........I never had a problem until lately I have a duull ache and in the neck region. I also hear a distinct heartbeat in my right ear all day and all night ...all the time..... boom boom booom constantly!!! I hear a crunch in my neck and a crackle...what is this .....
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal (36 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Can be due to muscle spasm.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
It's not uncommon to have these neck pains after the surgical correction. These could be posture related. Though self limiting, it need not be underestimated.
I assure you this discomfort will go away unless you do something to aggravate it in your routine. You can even do neck isometric exercises, which you can learn from a physiotherapist near you.
The crunching noise in the neck is the gliding of joints as you turn your neck. If your joint has been injured or becomes inflamed, the surface may thicken, creating a rubbing sound as you move. A courser noise may indicate more advanced changes in the surfaces of one or more joints. Such changes can be caused by osteoarthritis (OA) or spondylottic changes.
The heartbeat like sound in the right ear can be related to hypertension or blocked ears. Do get it examined from an ENT specialist.
I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Wishing you good health.
Regards.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal
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What causes neck pain after a laminectomy?

Brief Answer: Can be due to muscle spasm. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for posting your query. It's not uncommon to have these neck pains after the surgical correction. These could be posture related. Though self limiting, it need not be underestimated. I assure you this discomfort will go away unless you do something to aggravate it in your routine. You can even do neck isometric exercises, which you can learn from a physiotherapist near you. The crunching noise in the neck is the gliding of joints as you turn your neck. If your joint has been injured or becomes inflamed, the surface may thicken, creating a rubbing sound as you move. A courser noise may indicate more advanced changes in the surfaces of one or more joints. Such changes can be caused by osteoarthritis (OA) or spondylottic changes. The heartbeat like sound in the right ear can be related to hypertension or blocked ears. Do get it examined from an ENT specialist. I hope this answers your query. In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out. Wishing you good health. Regards. Dr. Praveen Tayal. For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal