... Hi. Please read my "lansur" posts. I've had 3 acd&f's C5,6 &7. They all left me with a great deal of pain. (The last one - C6,7 - also left me with torn supraspinatus ligaments in both shoulders. This caused when over aggressive O/R staff strapped my back to the O/R table! Now I may likely need surgery to repair the tears. I sure didn't need this additional pain! :-( !)... (4 replies)
I have been reading the posts on this board since my surgery. Many have been very helpful and valuable. Thank you.
I am 10 weeks post 2 level ACDF C5-6-7. My surgeon instructed me to wear a hard brace for 4 weeks and a soft collar for 4 weeks there after. I am off the brace except for when I sleep. I am afraid to "sleep wrong" on it.
Yesterday I took my kids... (2 replies)
... Howdy Trader!
I had Thoracic surgery 3 yrs ago, T7-12 discectomies and I feel great. I have a great Surgeon who has done Lumbar 1-5 S1, C3-4 4-5 and I just had C5-6 6-7 ACDF done 4 wks. ago. From all these surgeries I can tell you I have minor aches and pains when I over do it and I get stiff in cold weather. I am 59 yrs. old and I still work PT. I have a new hip also and... (3 replies)
... With ACDF they remove the original disc and replace it with either your own bone or a cadaver bone. I don't believe they just do ACDF and leave nothing there. ... (4 replies)
... Where did you come from istitch4ever? Where ever it is, I am so glad your here. ;) Again, thank you so much.
I hope we can continue talking because your words are great!
I have other things going on too that you may possibly be able to give me your opinions on.
I guess I am braver than I give myself credit for. As for finding the beast....I hope they can so I can have... (23 replies)
... I am having my second ACDF 9/15 C5/6/ C6/7 My first went very well, I was in at 6am and out at 5 pm. I have a very good ortho surgeon, who I WOULD LET REMOVE MY BRAIN AND PUT IT BACK! I am not a normal patient, I believe in playing hard and usually after surgery I continue to do things some people would wait months to do. All the people who have this surgery are different and... (2 replies)
... I continued to have pain, so my doctor did a foraminotomy about 10 months later. I was in OT for probably 9 months. Before the 2nd ACDF my right arm was virtually paralyzed. So after the surgery, it took a good 9 months to build up some strength in that arm. ... (3 replies)
... I'm not a Dr but it is possible that the revision surgery caused some pressure on your spinal cord. This could cause problems with balance. Do you notice any problems with hand coordination, weakness (especially lifting your foot up stairs or tripping etc), or bowel/bladder issues? These would be further evidence of spinal cord trauma.
This can be a delicate issue to... (1 replies)
... Hi to anyone who reads this;
I am 39yrs old female, I never had any pain :)in my neck or my shoulders, however in October of 2010 I started to have odd sensation on my right leg. My Dr. tried all sorts of things and nothing helped, in December of the same year I started to feel numbness in all of my fingers up my left hand and arm. Had MRI don in FEb of 2011 and was told I... (1 replies)
... I had an C5-6 ACDF done back in September 2006, and have been doing fine. Everything looks fused, etc.
A few days ago I woke up with neck pain (felt like when I woke up with the neck pain that lead to my surgery). I am now feeling a little tingling/pain going down my right arm/fingers. I'm a little freaked out since this is deja vu with what happened the first time that... (2 replies)
... I hade c5/6 ACDF Oct 2011 and recovery was not too bad. Now Im having anterior c5 & c6 corpectomy, c4/5 & c6/7 fusion, and posterior wiring on Dec 10 2012. Ive heard that going through the back is always worse. Im sorry that you having such a hard time. Ive been trying to prepare for the pain. Most people I talk to are surprised that Im so much done. Im in pain everyday and... (5 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
1.Others... (10 replies)
... C7 ACDF and didn't loose much, if any, neck range of motion. No one would know I had a fusion, I'm just careful when looking up or back not to strain my neck. ... (10 replies)
... cervical spondylitic myelopathy, but am still presenting with some atypical symptoms. my husband wants me to schedule ACDF surgery for the first week of december since we know it needs to be done to relieve the spinal cord compression and prevent further damage to the cord. ... (10 replies)
... I didn't want to hijack anyone else's thread by asking too many questions but the C5/6 question thread really got me thinking and I have a couple of question for anyone who has an answer.
A couple of years ago I had a major car accident - herniated C5/6 and T8/9. Also some damage to other thoracic discs but not directly debilitating. I had a fusion of T8/9 where they... (5 replies)
... Hello all,
I had an C5-6 ACDF performed in the Fall of 2006 after not having any luck with physical therapy, injections, traction, etc. for my herniated disc with neck pain/stiffness and right arm/hand pain/tingling. I had a quick recovery and was feeling fine. My surgeon noted that I was fully fused (had used allograft and a plate system), but that I did have a bone spur... (0 replies)
... I had my C5-C7 ACDF in 05/2006 and about 9 months ago began having the same symptoms again down the same arm (left). Turns out I have foraminal narrowing and an osteophyte that won't go away. I'm having a posterior cervical foraminotomy in late May. (2 replies)
... Please!!! Ask as many questions as you want!! :)
I had the MRI half out of my own request because I had so much pain that he felt was somewhat unwarranted (at least to the level that I was having it....) ...
That said, keep in mind that I had the horner's syndrome ... etc etc... So.. I've had a really rough time so there certainly was (is) a metal element... (258 replies)
... acdfouch--I have found you and others on this thread to be very helpful. If you recall, I had c4-5 and c5-6 acdf on March 1st. The pain today is about double of what it was prior to surgery and the numbness in my left hand is probably triple what it was prior to surgery. When I saw my doc on monday, he said the xray looked good--fusion was starting and spacing was really... (258 replies)
... Hi There sned ~ :wave:
I can fully relate to your situation I am sorry to say. I am a 41 Y/O female and that is about the only real difference between our situations. Because of my spine problems I had to retire from being an EMT-I/Firefighter a few years ago now.
I will not be able to reply with everything in this one post because lumbar problems prevent me from... (13 replies)