... 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)
... Hi all
I had the removal of c5/6 acdf in October 2014 and the pain is alot worse now than before the surgery. Tingling , pins and needles and burning sensations in my left hand. Constant pain in the neck and shoulder. Is this normal ? My doctors just keep saying I need to wait and see my neurosurgeon in may but in the meantime I have been referred to physio. Has anyone else... (0 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)
... ACDF in January of 2014 due to a herniated disc, leading to muscle weakness in my right bicep. The ACDF corrected this problem and I regained all of my strength in my arm, the pins and needles sensation went away, and was completely pain free. ... (1 replies)
... 😒Absolutely. I'm so sorry you went through that. It's absolutely horrible. I had never heard of that either. The first time I found out was after a foot surgery. Had a cast one taking pain meds. I started to notice my foot was itchy and felt like it was on fire under the cast. When my doctor took off the cast it was horrible. Blistered, red, oozing, itchy. Looked and felt like... (11 replies)
... Absolutely. I'm so sorry you went through that. It's absolutely horrible. I had never heard of that either. The first time I found out was after a foot surgery. Had a cast one taking pain meds. I started to notice my foot was itchy and felt like it was on fire under the cast. When my doctor took off the cast it was horrible. Blistered, red, oozing, itchy. Looked and felt like... (11 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)