... well, after a month of rehab, the PT was actually doing more harm than good to my legs. I went to the Cleveland Clinic for a second opinion and he saw what my current doc saw- something needed to be done from the posterior. But he also saw something in front of the cage that needed to be taken care of.
So I just got back from my local doc, and he sees the same. The problem... (15 replies)
... Finally came home last night, after 10 days in the hospital (no rehab). What an ordeal. But I think succesful. Nerve pains have all gone, including some that I did not realize. Breathing and GI issues have been tough.
jaw freezing, then popping
ear ringing and popping
2 day case of hiccups
I'll keep you posted... (4 replies)
... rt ssd did NOT know about, so according to THEM, everything with me was just wonderful, despite very in depth documentation of rehabbing back my leg in an actual rehab hosp, and my L hand was clawing too. ... (10 replies)
... lling and asking why this is even occuring from HIS impressions compared to level of cord impact you just had. and why or if there just IS any plan here for your rehab as well. ... (10 replies)
... or a lot of pain and suffering and more surgery. I'm 7 months out from my surgery. Mostly recovered. Back to work for 6 weeks now. You are going to have some rehab when your fusion is healed enough to start rehabbing. ... (7 replies)
... Hi Mooregolf. Sorry to not have talked to you earlier...been sick and having trouble staying upright for very long.
I've never had an ACDF....both my neck surgeries were far more extensive. Had the spinal canal rebuilt on 5 vertebrae and then had 6 of them fused with the second operation. But from what I've read on here and from those I've met, you should be okay to have... (8 replies)
... I am going to have an acdf in about a week. I am supposed to follow up that surgery in about 6 weeks with a total left knee surgery. ... (8 replies)
... acdf I'm starting to think about cardio fitness rehab to prepare myself to go back to work. ... (1 replies)
... ablation procedures and PT to rehab the joint. ... (17 replies)
... during the rehab with my shoulder she swore there were spinal issues way before any doctor diagnosed. She was right of course. ... (11 replies)
... Many thanks for the reassuring replies. As a veteran spine surgery post-op, I sure do know the importance of getting up and moving. My recovery for this surgery is predicted to be a bit longer, in part, because of the ongoing issues I have with SI joint degeneration that causes a significant left-leg limp and gait disturbance. But I am an active person and it is hard for me... (6 replies)
... Yes thats true, carpal can go all the way up into the neck, as the rehab doctor informed me. Your area of pain sounds like where I experiaced mine. I had it in the back at the scapula, almost directly under. ... (12 replies)
... Hi Toonces,
My ortho surgeon FINALLY referred me to a pain management doctor a few weeks ago. He's the one who did my ESI. I am going to speak to him next Tuesday, since my ortho seemed unsympathetic to my pain when I spoke to him yesterday about how my Vicodin wasn't doing jack! Good luck to you, also! (10 replies)
... rootsy and nochange - I had/have similar issues. I'm 34. I had 2 ESIs with no relief, and then had ACDF at c5-6 one year ago. I still have quite a bit of pain in my neck and shoulder blade area with some pain radiating down to my elbow. It is better than before surgery, but I need to take pain medication every day in order to be able to work. I have had scans and tests... (10 replies)
... Dear Sundance - you are on the road to recovery!! It can take a long time, but you will see continual, gradual improvement. Plus we tend to start doing more and then get little setbacks. I feel you may be one of these people.
I inserted your questions and my answers.
1A. For those who feel the ACDF helped, could you share how much better you feel today and how long... (5 replies)
... It does make you wonder about all these rehab differences. I'm sure some docs are conservative for a reason and the unknown factor. Maybe the less conservative docs learn they need less from experience. ... (18 replies)
... I find it ironic that he was supposed to be the more conservative of the two neurosurgeons my Physical Rehab doctor sent me too. The first doctor recommended a one level so I could have a faster recovery period. ... (10 replies)
... d doctor that is a sleuth detective that likes to investigate and stick with stuff. A neruologist is good, you might also find an expert in Physcial Medicine and Rehab physician. ... (11 replies)
... weeks following my fusion surgery. That was from my surgeon. My rehab doc told me he too follows this advice but it hasn't really been proven one way or the other. ... (10 replies)
... I am a hand therapist so I don't lift people like when I used to work in skilled nsg or rehab but as a hand therapist you constantly are using your hands at near full strength gripping and pinching.. ... (5 replies)