... Hi. One morning just over 10 years ago I woke up with a wicked stiff neck and 3 weeks later had an ACDF c5-7 with a titanium plate and 5 screws. I'd never had any issues prior and it all came out of the blue. It was a shock to find out the 2 discs had pretty much disintegrated. I did great until the summer of 2010 when my left shoulder, arm and hand started tingling,... (1 replies)
... Lionor - I can totally relate to what you are going through....I'm at the beginning stages of this (See my thread "Not Sure What MRI Report Means" and I can see where this is going to get very confusing, very quickly. I've been researching the heck out of this trying to make sense of it all. I have a tiny advantage in that I work for a large healthcare system and actually... (23 replies)
... I need more information about the surgery, and what to expect as far as recovery time, etc. Thank you for all your help. I appreciate it. ... (0 replies)
... S1 laminectomy this past July 2012. I had no numbness before surgery and now I have bad numbness in my foot and ankle, and some numbness on my calk and upper thigh. ... (2 replies)
... Hey rockenmama, thanks for your reply. Good luck with your 2 ACDF! You are right that you will know more in a year after surgery about what kind of recovery you will make. The same was said to me after I had my surgery. Unfortunately not all of my problems were resolved, but a lot did. ... (15 replies)
... I just joined today and have spent most of the day reviewing posts and responses. I feel like this Board is a lifesaver. My MRI results are not pretty. Key excerpts:
C2-C3: Disc space height is preserved. There a small central
posterior disc osteophyte complex without significant neural
foraminal narrowing or central stenosis.
C3-C4: There is... (4 replies)
... I had a laminectomy with fusion from c3to T1 December 1st. Before surgery I had few symptoms. Sporadic shoulder and arm pain and occasional tingling, but no myelopothy symptoms. ... (7 replies)
... year recovery time. ... (14 replies)
... op with a surgery who's recovery time is measured in years, not weeks. ... (14 replies)
... o 30 mm. As such, these holes were probed, tapped and probed again prior to placement of the right sized screw as determined by the Stealth. We now performed our laminectomy by drilling two vertical troughs at the laminar facette junction. ... (14 replies)
... You mentioned recovery of your hands. Did you get full recovery from all of your symptoms? ... (161 replies)
... I'm so glad my experience can help you a little.
Yes, I could eat normally when I came home, though I think I had little appetite. The pain killers had me sleeping a lot and, if I remember right, suppressed appetite.
If memory serves I didn't sleep on my side until after the three month mark. The muscles in my neck were traumatized by the surgery, during which they get... (161 replies)
... without difficulty. If your recovery is like mine, I'd prepare to take it VERY easy for the first three weeks. Then things get MUCH better. ... (161 replies)
... I was not too concerned until I started reading the posts. My neurosurgeon has said 4 days hospitalization, 3 month recovery with a Philly brace, no driving. He just said it was "painful. ... (161 replies)
... Hi Dave,
I never had a swallowing problem but then they only fused C3-C4 anterior.
All the other was done posterior. I noticed on another board you are talking about bad pain in your shoulders, are you still having this? I do 6 months later. I hate to run back to doctor for every ache and pain but going to if this doesnt stop.
I wish you luck in your recovery.
Saucer. (161 replies)
Wishing you continued success in your road to recovery! Have a fantastic day and keep smiling :-)
Dave (161 replies)
... My husband is going to have it in 2 weeks. We realize everyone is different but about how long was the recovery and what might he expect. ... (161 replies)
... I would suggest from past experience that you do not go to an Orthopedic for anything that has to do with your Spine. I wish you well, and hope you have a speedy recovery. (161 replies)
... Hi Binx... I have to Ditto NYC Paul... Rest is key to recovery. I am at 4 weeks now, and am still having a flawless recovery. However, I also have occasional sleeplessness... especially now that I am getting better... and with my activity level still medically limited I'm just not so tired at night. Don't be afraid to get some medical assistance to sleep for a while. Your... (14 replies)
No, I've been a bad sleeper all my life. Before the ACDF, my neck and arm pain was strong enough for me to say that the pain kept me awake, but post surgery the pain is gone and the only pain I'm in is just the soreness and healing associated with the surgery itself. So no, the only reason I don't sleep now is because I'm a bad sleeper.
My point is, that... (14 replies)