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I had my ACDF (one level, C5-C6) in early November. I really don't feel any better yet, and I'm getting discouraged. How long does recovery take from an ACDF?
My pain from the surgery itself has diminished quite a bit (no more sore throat, but still difficult to raise my head when lying down) but the nerve firings that drove me to the surgery are still there. I'm still not sleeping well at all and I can't stand this much longer without some hope. Lyrica is helping some, but it's not enough.
[QUOTE=HopefulTiredMom;2712111]I had my ACDF (one level, C5-C6) in early November. I really don't feel any better yet, and I'm getting discouraged. How long does recovery take from an ACDF?
My pain from the surgery itself has diminished quite a bit (no more sore throat, but still difficult to raise my head when lying down) but the nerve firings that drove me to the surgery are still there. I'm still not sleeping well at all and I can't stand this much longer without some hope. Lyrica is helping some, but it's not enough.[/QUOTE]
Hi! I hope all is better. My husband had a ACDF C5-7 Sept '05 and he has had intermittant problems with muscle spasms. He says it feels like nerve pain or bone on bone pain. Sometimes the pain +/or spasms lasts 3 to 4 weeks then disappear. It happened 4 times since surgery. It usually starts when he has done too much with his upper extremities eg. pushing, pulling or lifting something too heavy & the onset is usually 2 days after the event has occured. The full body muscle spasms have awakened me at night. I have recently found that if he takes Flexeral, the spasms disappear and he is more comfortable. Skelaxin does not work as well when the spasms are really bad. When the spasms are controlled, he does not need heavy duty pain medications. If the spasms are not evident, & he is achy, generic tylenol arthritis does the trick and/or Valerin (formula 606, made by the Wonder Laboratories) has been a good thing. I recently read an article in the paper which indicated that recent studies indicate it may take two years or more before significant improvement is seen whether surgery for disc herniation is done or not. Sport trial (Journal of the AMA; Nov 22/29,2006). I have not given up hope although it it very difficult at times. Life is good when the pain is controlled. I think the key is getting the spasms under control early. It has taken me a year to figure this out. I hope my experiences help. Best wishes. Things do get better.





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