... Surprised your NS is recommending surgery with mild to moderate compression and no pain. Surgeons do surgery, so at one level, it's no surprise that's the recommendation.
I would consider getting a second opinion, and wait as long as you are comfortable, weighing the risks.
I had ACDF at C5-6 and 6-7, but I had severe spinal cord compression, with numbness, weakness in... (7 replies)
... You should feel better within 6 weeks. ... (7 replies)
... Hey all,
I've been writing regarding all my insurance and pain woes. I had a cervical fusion done November 2012 at C6-C7 - 1 level with BMP. Post fusion, I was fine until 8th month mark. I started having severe pain at down my left arm and thumb and deltoids and biceps-sharp/burning nerve pain. Had an epidural last Wednesday (insurance denied it, paid out of pocket). ... (0 replies)
... I felt that my neck was similar after ACDF C5-6 C6-7. It was due to excessive swelling and I had to take steroids to decrease the swelling which helped. THe swelling is a side affect of the surgery and all of the instruments being in the area and working. Check and ask if there was excessive swelling? It helped me. It was day 4 or 5 after the surgery that I was finally... (11 replies)
I have been through PT, chiropractic, acupuncture, homeopathy, and three Epidural Steroid Injections (in L5S1 only). I've been focussed on L5-S1 with neuro because that's the major pain generator right now. They are talking PLIF. Sent MRI report to Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for a second opinion and I see them Thursday. They are concerned with the... (2 replies)
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... Best of luck with your surgery. I have a number of friends, all are playing golf again, who have had ACDF surgeries with great success. ... (11 replies)
... the burning can be muscle spasms from the surgery. What did the dr say about the burning? Do you have a muscle relaxer? I had ACDF C5-6 C6-7 and had terrible burning for quite some time. It is 3 years later and if I do too much I get the burning and tightness. Give yourself some time, Your body had been through some major trauma. (2 replies)
... then an ACDF would be likely if surgery was performed. But the only two people can make that call are you and the surgeon. Good luck on your appointment. ... (2 replies)
... 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. ... (7 replies)
... Hi..I am also a newbie to this surgery,although I have had neck pain and limited rotation for the last nine years. Was diagnosed last week by a NS to have ACDF at C4-5 and C5-6 as soon as possible. He mentioned that I should also begin meditation! I didn't know whether to laugh or cry!
Just wanted to let you know you are not alone. I told my husband that he should support... (2 replies)
... I have been fighting neck and anerior throat pain and headachesfor about 6 years. I lso had arm pain which I thought was severe flare up f Fibromyalgia. ... (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)
... Seems pretty straightforward, although I don't know whether by "protrusion" he means that the disk is bulging, but intact, or if he means that it has herniated.
It's also a little odd that he talks about a "presumed" compression of the left C6. It's almost as though he can't SEE it, but INFERS that it is so because of your symptoms. Loss of muscle strength, and various... (3 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)
... I know that this is not a spinal issue, but I am a spiney. I had a ACDF 12/2010 of C5-6 C6-7. I do have continues pain and issues with my neck and back from a car accident 8 months after my surgery. I also developed RSD/CRSP after the accident. Below are some issues that I am having with my wrist and thumb joint. No one responded on that board so I decided to try this... (1 replies)
... Wow - I am considering a posterior foraminotomy -- how is your pain? My other choice is an ACDF at C5-6. Which procedure did you think was better overall? Hope it worked out this time!! (1 replies)
... Thank you WebDozer for your response!! ER Dr said I had C5-6 radiculopathy. My symptoms are progressively getting worse since my initial ER visit in October '13.
You mention ACDF, but what about ADR? If I do decide to have surgery, I'm leaning towards ADR since it's less intense of a procedure/recovery/longterm results. But then again, what do I know besides what these... (3 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.
The disc looks not bad - only a slight bulge, so doesn't really need surgery. But some doctors are recommending a disc removal and fusion... (30 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)