... No pain No surgery imho
you can work on your weakness
Heat & Ice 6 times a day
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... NS recommended 3 level ACDF based on my MRI findings, but I am torn whether to go for the surgery or not. I do not have any pain in my neck or in my arms. ... (2 replies)
... Here are the results from my MRI, any help is appreciated. I apologize for the re-post.
Findings: There is loss of normal cervical lordosis. Multi-level degenerative disk disease superimposed upon what appears to be congenitally narrowed spinal canal. No focal cord is abnormality is demonstrated. No cerebellar tonsillar herniation. No prevertebreal soft tissue... (0 replies)
... Please find blow my 2014 Jan MRI findings: I have seen 3 doctors so far, one recommended Epidural, the other recommended PT and the last one recommended 3 level ACDF. My right arm is getting weaker and I can see that my right arm biceps is not as strong as the left one. Any advice would help...
I am in my 30's so concerned about doing ACDF at this age but at the same time... (0 replies)
... SpineAZ, this was a very informative post. I have been trying to decide whether to get a posterior foraminotomy or a one level ACDF. My C6 nerve is being compressed due to an enlarged facet joint in a foramen that is almost closed. ... (30 replies)
... Yo Maw maw
I'm two weeks outa the operation this time around. I only had a single fusion (C6/7). I have plate and 4 screws. Had bone graft taken from hip. Told that I can take collar off today. Still getting pain across shoulder blades etc if I move head too extravagantly. I drove a couple of days ago without too many problems tho wouldn't drive too far. Have had very... (22 replies)
... I was a passenger in a severe car accident about 5 months ago, which I thought I was going to fully recover from without any issue. Last month, I bent down and felt something pop in my neck and immediately felt like there was a knife in the back of my neck. The pain was excruciating and sharp in the base of my neck and through my right shoulder blade area. I could barely... (16 replies)
... I am so thankful that I found this message board! To give a brief (ish) history, I have had neck fatigue and pain leading to daily headaches for 10+ years. Have been in 5 car accidents - (2 being pretty serious, 3 were fender benders). First one in 1978 - I was only 18, got thrown around a lot in the inside of the car and pretty much walked away unscathed from a serious... (3 replies)
... Hello everyone, I am new to healthboards but I have gotten a lot of reading posts over the past couple of weeks. I have a question for people who have had their symptoms return after surgery. Basically, if 4 ESI's haven't helped, what about facet injections? to get there, I need to give my history.
My situation: I am 33 years old and trying to practice law but experiencing... (2 replies)
... I had a 2 level ACDF in Jan. I would say at a minimum, allow 6 weeks for recovery. My pain has lessoned considerably. ... (6 replies)
... I suffered herniated discs on C4,C5,C6,C7, and L5 due to being rear ended in a car accident on 8/23/03. I suffered also carpal tunnel syndrome. I will be receiving ACDF C6/C7 w/ bone graft from my hip. I am not afraid of the surgery but the anticipation of the surgery I feel is the worst part. What types of pain medications do they offer you? I do not want Oxycontin or... (15 replies)
... Surgery was on the 4th of August, I had an ACDF C4 C5 C6 abd C7 area. ... (3 replies)
... i have pain from my acdf surgery on c5, c6, c7 in august of 2002. ... (2 replies)
... Hi Dawn,
I had ACDF on C5/C6 and C6/C7 with donor bone and plate. You can review my previous posts. I was in the hospital over night and I only had to wear a soft collar while in the hospital and while driving in a car. My throat was sore for about week and the pain from the surgery lasted about 10 days. I went back to work part time after 2 weeks. I have an office job and... (4 replies)
... Five plates in a span of 7-8 discs is a lot.... I would tend to think that a lot of her pain could be from little to no ROM(range of motion). Think about it if she was trying to turn her head & her C1-C2-C3-C4-C5-C6-C7 was totally fused then that would be a huge fight going on there.
I had a 4 level ACDF done & had 2 plates installed. I also had also had a Corpectomy/PCDF... (3 replies)
... extending inferiorly along the superior end plate of C6 measuring up to 3 mm in AP dimension compressing and distorting the thecal sac and the ventral cervical cord. ... (16 replies)
... I have been reading a lot about ACDF procedures and my question to you is do you find that you are limited in movement? ... (8 replies)
... Hi Faye Maria.....I just had a one level acdf on C4 C5. I had been dreading it and it really wasn't all that bad. Mine was outpatient and I haven't had to wear a collar at all. I am now 3 weeks post op. ... (8 replies)
... Hi everyone:
I am new to the group and am so thankful for the support. Two years ago I had an ACDF at C5-C6. The surgery went fine but I have been living in chronic pain for the past year. Now i have a blown disc above and below the fusion so in 10 days I'm going back in to get C4-C5 and C6-C7 fused. I'm so scared. I'm wondering if anyone out there has had a similar... (3 replies)
... Hi all -
Many thanks for this message board as I've been perusing around quite a bit trying to educate myself on recent MRI results and subsequent Neurosurgeon consults. I have two opposite Neurosurgeon opinions on whether surgery is necessary or not; Neurologist is adamant that surgery is needed. So, now I am trying to get another opinion and am wondering if
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