... Thanks for replying so quickly!
Yeah, they don't like to do more than 3 levels of fusion at a time. I was pretty sure we weren't getting the right levels when he switched from C3-C6 to C4-C7, but he was afraid the C6-C7 level had a high risk of causing paralysis if I had an accident or something. But, with the pain I was having, and that being the reason I finally gave in... (2 replies)
... Hey everybody,
I had been putting off surgery for about 6 or 7 years and recently ( August 27th ) I had a fusion at the C4-C7 levels and still have 85-90% of my pain. originally the Dr. was going to do C3-C6 but changed his mind at the last minute and went the C4-C7 route.
Unfortunately, I still have roughly 85-90% of my pain. I have severe muscle pain in my neck, in... (2 replies)
... We're fellow sufferers who share knowledge based on our experiences.
There are a number of reasons you could still be in pain. Since you have had these issues for years, it is likely that the nerves that were compressed are still suffering the effects of the compression. Nerves heal very slowly...and it is rare to have nerve pain and symptoms magically disappear as soon... (2 replies)
... I am a 51 year old man who had a ACDF at C4-5 and C5-6 in October of 2013 after several years of suffering with neck pain. Initially things were great and I was relatively pain free. The neck pain began to return after about 3 months so I had a repeat MRI in June of 2014. My pain management doctor said I had some bone spurs along with other issues so I went back to managing... (5 replies)
... Hello !!! This is my first time here so have patience, please.
Stumbled across this forum while doing some research through Google. Hope to find some first hand answers and opinions from you all.
Short background... I am a professional opera singer, 47 years old, dramatic baritone, been doing it for almost 25 years. Don´t really know when and how the mess got started but... (1 replies)
... I'm seven months out from level 3 cervical discectomy and fusion (C4-C7), with hardware. My experience is that this is a difficult surgery to recoup from. I had herniated discs and severe spinal stenosis at every level that was fused. I also have severe degenerative arthritis in my neck at each level. I was having the typical pains in my arms, hands, etc. I had pain along... (8 replies)
... had this done several years ago. NS warned me about possible issues with C7-T1 and now I am having those issues. May 12th woke up in morning felt kink in neck and couldn't even stand up. Went to emerg rm then in hosp for 2 days being pumped full of pain meds, finally got up and walked out AMA and made appt to see my NS. I am now going to get an epidural steroid injection right... (8 replies)
... C7 in 2006. In 2009 I had to have another ACDF and at the time, my neuro removed the original plate and screws. ... (8 replies)
... I played football through high school, and ice hockey into my early 30's. In both sports I had some fairly heavy impacts involving my head. I can recall as far back as 8th grade football, taking a big impact and having it radiate down my arms, making my arms go limp They called it a 'stinger' and the coaches acted like it was nothing. I am guessing those kinds of things... (8 replies)
... of an ACDF at one level necessitating an ACDF at the next level down. This would indicate a correlative, rather than a causative relationship. ... (8 replies)
... In talking to my doc about this same issue(destruction of the level below a fusion) he told me that the size of the fusion has more to do with it than anything else. The longer the fusion, the higher the chances of it "rocking" on the vertebra below and causing herniations and arthritic changes.
I doubt the doc was thinking about how much you'd lose by adding the T1... (8 replies)
... I have level 3 acdf of C4-C7 Jan 19. There is a shiny new 2 1/2 inch titanium plate in there as well. The reason I had surgery was to fix some severe stenosis in that area. I also had a lot of neck should arm and rib pain from pinched nerve/inflammation/arthritis in my cervical spine.
The first month post op, I was in a lot of pain. I had muscle spasms and all kinds of... (7 replies)
... I recently had 3-level ACDF (C4-C7) in December 2010 due to herniated, bulging disks, stenosis, bone spurs, etc. I had a rough go after surgery with increased arm pain, tingling and numbness, really awful shoulder pain, but with time it seems to be getting better, although everyday is different. Of course wearing that torture devise, the cervical collar, was horrendous! I'm... (9 replies)
... Limited by metallic artifacts. No significant spinal stenosis. Moderate bilateral C7 foraminal encroachment is stable. ... (4 replies)
... Hi All,
Before my surgery, it felt like I couldn't get a full breath and it really freaked me out. I thought the worst of course being a nurse (former smoker) and all. Anyway, after surgery, I had brief peroids of not breathing and my family called the nurse and I woke up with everyone staring at me. They had me on oxygen for a night or 2 also. Since that time in the... (13 replies)
Latest update, three weeks and one day since 3-level ACDF:
Progress continues, and each day it gets better! First post-op visit to my neurosurgeon was last Wednesday (09/24) - he was impressed with my progress, and was confident that fusion was occurring (he took an x-ray just to be sure). He suggested that I could wear a soft collar in order to drive, but... (13 replies)
... Jay Bee,
Yes, I plan on working from home initially, using the laptop my company gave me when I started. I initially asked for 5 weeks of leave of absence, as everyone is different when it comes to recovery from ACDF. My neurosurgeon filled out the return to work form, indicating a return in November, which I believe is a worst-case scenario. My first check-up will be... (13 replies)
... Three days post-op, and I'm feeling pretty darn good! The surgery went off without a hitch, except that it took about an hour longer than the neurosurgeon expected. Apparently, there was some difficulty accessing C4-C5 as he made his way up my cervical spine from C6-C7, but no issues, just extra time. He said lots of osteophytes (bone spurs) on both sides, which he removed...I... (13 replies)
... Thanks SO much, Teresa, for the kind words and advice - right now, a heaping helping of positive reinforcement is what I need most!
I know I'm in the hands of a highly qualified neurosurgeon, so it's time to put my trust in him and think of my future pain-free existence!
One week from today...
Soon to have three level ACDF (C4-C7) with cadaver... (13 replies)
... Scheduled the ACDF for Sept. 8th, which is fast approaching... ... (13 replies)