... I had c3-4-5 done also. 2 yrs later I had C5-6-7 done. I am now 3 months post op and doing fine. I have lost some motion in my neck due to the fusion, but you learn to adapt. I can tell you this, I was cutting the grass on riding mower 4 days after surgery and felt fine after.
If you have a good surgeon you have nothing to worry about. Good luck! (1 replies)
... ep...The doctor came in the next day and removed my drainage tube, my throat swelled and I choked on everything. They came in every 4 hours to give me pain meds. 6 months later I had to ask for a follow up MRI from the surgery, to make sure the surgery went well. Even then it was NOT a Myelogram... ... (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)
... I have been scheduled for a ACDF with BMP and hardware, I have had the lumbar done already. i was wondering what to expect ... for real. ... (16 replies)
... I think you can see by viewing the board that problems after surgery rear their ugly heads and it can be very distressing when you have had a hiatus from the pain. Having had Nov 03 c5 6 acdf and l5s1 microdiskectomy and now a recurring problem with the bulge in c6-7 I empathize.
I have come to the conclusion that what works for one does not for all but certainly good... (2 replies)
... On July 3, 2014, I had a 3 level acdf on C3-4. C4-5, and C5-6. At my 2 week checkup, my x-rays showed that the lowest level, C5-6, the hardware was not taking hold. So, I was set for another surgery one week later, July 25, 2014, to repair the hardware at that level. I have osteoporosis and very thin bone, so my doctor put in a larger plate and screws. I do not have to... (1 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)
... level ACDF to remove that herniated disk as you thought. ... (6 replies)