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Re: C 5/6 acdf
Apr 4, 2013
Hi dk66343, I too am on my feet all day, except for my 15 minute "30 minute" lunch break (ha). I am 53. Much of my day is bending, twisting, kneeling down, lifting heavy supplies and most of all, holding my arms out in front of me in a sterile hood pushing and pulling back big syringes of fluid, etc - very hard on the neck. I feel your pain! I had a ACDF in 2005 at C6-C7 after a pretty bad car accident, and I'm going to be honest with you, I was "ok" for the first couple of years, but after that I slowly starting having problems again. My neck hurts daily after a few hours at work, "catches" when turned, fatigues very quickly and I have tension headaches daily as well .... I have some bone spurs, DDD and other problems that the spine develops as we get older, and I'm POSITIVE that my job has accelerated these issues at a faster rate, as I'm sure yours has. I know that it's not always easy to use "good lifting" techniques when you are dealing with patients - they can be unpredictable and your space is limited, and there is little to no "break" in between patients - it's alllllllll day long.
My pain is no longer limited to my neck, it's now also in the thoracic and lumbar regions. When I first told my primary doctor about these increasing issues, he flippantly suggested I try another line of work! Well, it's not that easy! I recently had an MRI of both my neck and back, and will be going for my follow up on the 9th at the pain clinic.
I PROMISE I'm not trying to be all doom and gloom, just telling you what I have experienced because I come from a similar background. Every body is different in how they deal with pain and healing. The only advice I can give you is to make sure you give yourself the time you need to heal after your surgery and if possible go back part time for a while.
Read thru the threads on this board, you will get a lot of insight and good advice.
Re: C 5/6 acdf
Apr 5, 2013
[QUOTE=lululoveslouie;5157176]Hi dk66343, I too am on my feet all day, except for my 15 minute "30 minute" lunch break (ha). I am 53. Much of my day is bending, twisting, kneeling down, lifting heavy supplies and most of all, holding my arms out in front of me in a sterile hood pushing and pulling back big syringes of fluid, etc - very hard on the neck. Although I don't deal with patients, I feel your pain! I had a ACDF in 2005 at C6-C7 after a pretty bad car accident, and I'm going to be honest with you, I was "ok" for the first couple of years, but after that I slowly starting having problems again. My neck hurts daily after a few hours at work, "catches" when turned, fatigues very quickly and I have tension headaches daily as well .... I have some bone spurs, DDD and other problems that the spine develops as we get older, and I'm POSITIVE that my job has accelerated these issues at a faster rate, as I'm sure yours has. I know that it's not always easy to use "good lifting" techniques when you are dealing with patients - they can be unpredictable and your space is limited, and there is little to no "break" in between patients - it's alllllllll day long.
My pain is no longer limited to my neck, it's now also in the thoracic and lumbar regions. When I first told my primary doctor about these increasing issues, he flippantly suggested I try another line of work! Well, it's not that easy! I recently had an MRI of both my neck and back, and will be going for my follow up on the 9th at the pain clinic.
I PROMISE I'm not trying to be all doom and gloom, just telling you what I have experienced because I come from a similar background. Every body is different in how they deal with pain and healing. The only advice I can give you is to make sure you give yourself the time you need to heal after your surgery and if possible go back part time for a while.
Read thru the threads on this board, you will get a lot of insight and good advice.[/QUOTE]
Thank you for the insight. You are right about the possibility of issues relating to ACDF surgery and problems down the line with this kind of work...don't you just love how Doctors say stupid things like what your Doctor said? I'll be having this surgery soon... I think I'll consider another field?? I don't want to go through this again. Thanks a lot for responding...





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