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7 weeks post op c-5 thru c-7 discectomy with fusion

Started by tammym on 03/09/2010 5:46pm

Hi, Im a 35y female..i had surgery 7 weeks ago and tho I feel much better than I did prior to the surgery I am experiencing radiating pain from the right side of my neck down to my foot..Has anyone that had this surgery experienced this and if so how did you approach fixing it

Thanks, tammy

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dear tammy ,i feel your pain,believe me.i had two bones replaced last march,was told it would take care of the intease burning in shoulders an extreme pain in neck.i have pain that runs from the side of neck all the way to my big toe.but i also have lower pain problems.i do have two new bones in my neck,but what i had surgery for is still there an worse.i am in the middle of trying to get to the bottom of this too.i really believe ,an i have done alot of research on this.i think it is nerve damage,the surgeon tells me theres nothing else he can do,an i might have to except this part of it for the rest of my life.but i am not excepting it,so i am looking harder.wish i had the answers for you,if i find out something,gladly pass it on.hope you can find answers redpitbull

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iam getting ready to have c4=c6 fused and that why iam having it because of radiating pain down my left arm, as far as my case its because spinal fluid cut off by disk so you need to go have it checked, other than that do you have any tips for me . i also am 31 with 2 childern and i ve never had to be off work, just looking for advice thanks

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Dear Kris1599, thanks for the reply..when i had my surgery i felt better afterwards pretty much immediately..i was in the hospital for a week and rehab for a week because before i had surgery i was almost paralyzed and i had to regain use of my body. i just went for my 6 week post op visit and my surgeon said im recovery tremendously from when he first saw me. i have to go back for more xrays in 4 more weeks. I worry about some of the things im feeling in my body but he said they are nerve related because of the damage i sustained. i wasnt allowed to drive for 6 weeks while on pain meds and i have an aspen collar on for 8 weeks total and i can take it off for as long as i can tolerate it. its not the most comfortable but i am glad i am doing what i was told because its making the healing process so much easier. i too never took a day off and then i was forced too..i work in the animal care field and my doctor had said i could go back to work- desk work only part time for 4 weeks and now im back full time-light duty. take it easy and do what they tell you and you will recover quicker.. best of luck to you

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Was in chronic neck/back pain for 10 years,, got so bad and so many meds that I finally found a surgeon to do c4-5 discectomy w/fusion for the pain. was a good call because I woke up feeling less pain. 1st surgeon I saw wouldn't even consider doing it "just". for the pain - I was on more pain meds than many hospice patients. This aspen collar though is a true torture advice and my dr at 1st said I only had to wear it 2 weeks, now says 8 total. I'm 10 days past surgery, slept most of the night for the first time last night because of the horrible collar. am miserable, was not prepared for a long recovery period. he just said 2 weeks. would like some stories about recuperation times, anything about this horrible collar, what to do and how to cope. thanks.

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I had my first surgery on C4&5 and 5&6 in 2002. I had one disc protruding into my spinal cord causing shocks radiating down both arms. The other disc was herniated in the other direction so the Dr. fused this one too. This surgery was ok. I wore the hard collar for 6 weeks and the soft for another 2-4 weeks. Uncomfortable but better than the alternative. If the one disc protruded any more into my spinal cord I could have lost the use of my arms.
The one thing they forgot to tell me was once you have this surgery there is a good chance that either above or below the site could fail. So last year I was having trouble walking (radiating pain down both my legs) and I was getting some numbness and tingling down both my arms again. The MRI showed that the disc above the 2002 surgery failed. So I had another surgery in January 2009. The Dr, removed the bracket and 6 screws from the last surgery and he fused the disc at C3&4. He also added a new bracket and 4 screws. I only wore the soft collar for 6 - 8 weeks for this one.
Going to therapy helped me get through the adjustment both times ( I have a good therapist) but I have complications from this last surgery. My spinal cord in my neck constantly cracks. Sounds like when you crack all your knuckles at the same time. I also have burning in my upper back and the numbness/tingling in my left fingers has not gone away. Needless to say I am going back to see my doctor in May. He will probably send me back to therapy and back to pain management where they injected cortisone in my neck last year, I know I have swelling in my neck which is causing all of this but I don't know if it will ever go away. The cracking really bothers me. I hope I do not have any more surgeries. The other thing is when I went back to work after being off for 8 weeks I was laid off the day I walked in so I don't know how I will do when I find another job. I have a hard time when I am on the computer after an hour or so. I had a desk job on the computer and phone all day. I don't mean to sound negative because if I did not have these surgeries I probably would not be walking or have limited use of my arms and legs.
Wish me luck in May...

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The more i read the angrier I get about doctor's not preparing patients for the post op period. I was only told of a 2! week recovery period, ha ha, jokes on me I guess. My passions are sewing and bowling, and I suppose but will ask him if I should even consider bowling ever again. He did tell me about the fact that there is often failure of the discs above and below the fusion at a later date, apparently without any precipitating injury. What I can't figure out is what I am supposed to do, or allowed to do, in this 8 week post op period. With the aspen collar, i can only look straight ahead and can't drive. TV and books get old really really fast. Any suggestions? I think I did read somewhere that about a month after surgery there is often some weird nerve sensations because of inflammation. i would contact surgeon and if he's washed his hands of you, go to a neurologist.

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Hi Katiehurt... Yes, TV does get boring after a while. Just remember 'this to will pass'.. a saying my father in law had when he was going through cancer. Get outside as much as possible... I don't know what part of the country you are from but getting some sun does help. See if a friend or relative can take you out for lunch. I also would think you can bowl again but check with your Dr. when you can start again. I hope you are going to some sort of therapy to help you get through this... Hang in there, it does get better.

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Hi,
I'm a 45 year old female that had a level 3 ACDF last June. I work on a computer all day, so my down time wasn't as long as those with laborsome jobs. I was out for two weeks before I returnedto work.
My homelife however, is what might have taken it's toll on my if I hadn't had helping teenage hands.
What used to be easy tasks became a nightmare. Sweeping the floors, pulling weeds, mucking stalls....my doctor told me I'd be %100 in three months...ha! He's never had this surgery. My advise to you all is to TAKE IT EASY and don't push yourself when your body is telling you otherwise. I hate the fact that I'm somewhat "ginger" now 10 months after, but I never want to go thru the agony of that first two weeks again, not to mention the year worth of pain that drove me to this surgery.
I still have a small amount of pain in my neck that I never had - doc said it's tense muscles and that I should stretch every morning. I also still have difficulty swallowing anything too large and that may never go away.... and BTW..I had my 9 month check up (yes I went because my employer dropped my health insurance all other health ins. companies will put a rider on my back/neck..pisses me off because I got it "fixed"..but that's another story!) just to get the all-clear from him. He said the bone had completely fused and I was good to go so to speak. I'm still leary about riding my horses as I haven't since before my surgery, so I may wait til I hit that one year mark for that. Sorry, i'm not usually this long winded...I just know what you all have been thru and if I can help please give me a shout!
Best of luck to all of you!!
L

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I'd like to hear from somebody who had a successful outcome as to how long it takes to recover and when the post-surgical pain ends. I'm 3 weeks past surgery, and most of my pain is either caused by muscle spasms or this horrid collar. Whenever I do get a bit of pain in the same area as I did prior to surgery, I totally freak out. I am still on my pain meds and have meds for muscle spasms. I am still 'resting ' most of the time and do little around the house. My discectomy I found out was c2-3 not the 4-5 like I thought. My dr. said the difficulty in swallowing is due to the metal cage that they screw the 2 affected vertebra together with. The donor bone is in between,

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Dear Katiehurts, i am now 3 months post op...i just went for my second set of xrays a couple days ago..the surgeon said they look great and told me unless there are any problems im released..im restricted for a total of 6 months as far as lifting more than 30 pounds,,..i work for a vet so i have to be careful how much i pick up..the first 6 weeks are the hardest because of the collar mostly. i have some residual pain and numbess but i also think i may push too much too..i was paralyzed because c5thruc7 were inpinging my spinal cord so i didn;t have a choice in the surgery but im grateful i had an awesome surgeon and i pray everyday the surgery doesnt fail....good luck to you

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I had C4-7 fused 2 years ago with titanium plate. I am a 38yr old mother of 3 boys. I work as a laborer 45+ hours a week. I was only in a soft colar for 2 weeks following my surgery. Off work for 9 weeks and returned with no restrictions except be smart about what I lift. My Surgeon didn't realize I'm a stubborn bull headed female(good thing my hubby can't read this). My neck does not turn very far either way. Checking my blind spot when driving is a challenge and to this day people ask me if I have a stiff neck....I just point to the scar on my neck. Well let me tell ya...I felt great the last 2 years almost back to the old me with only minor aches and pains at the end of the 12 hour work day. Up until 1 month ago when I felt a familiar burn in my neck and pain in my left arm. I went for MRI last week. I see the Neurosurgeon at the end of the month. I still to this day have issues with swallowing anything dry. I've just learned to live with it.

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Hi everyone, I had my surgery 9 years ago it was the best thing that could happen to me after 4 long years of pain, Dr's would tell me I had migraine headaches and depression however I knew they where wrong and did not take the tons of narcotics that they prescribed, I told my Dr before I commit suicide I would like to have an MRI done he laughed at me and said ok if it makes u feel better... OOOOhhhhh and it did I had surgery within one week of the MRI results.

My advice is to enjoy recovery do your exercise take care of your self do not rush in to anything, I had a great surgeon and I stay in touch with my creator and I felt reborn after the surgery and for all these years I do have some chronic pain and some more damaged discs, I 'm going to have a cervical epidural next week for resent pain on mu left side. I wish all GOOD LUCK and PLEASE take care.

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I was in Motor Veh. accident. I had intense pain followed by a MRI. I underwent a cervical disc. Fusion.
I do not wish to sound as if any one case is the same. I have spoke to some people who never had a problem after surgery. I had the surgery and was on many medications. It was two years total after my surgery before I really experienced a difference in pain relief. So do not give up. I was 34 years old, 1-1/2 year later underwent my surgery for disc. C-4/5.
Now I am 50 years old, I have found out I now have 3 new herinated discs. I can say warm moist heat helps as well as my medications, plus laying down. A person head weight is about 10 lbs. So giving your neck a rest is very helpful.
I also continue to have headaches, as I have aged being a woman our bones are not as strong. Continue to educate yourselves as I also have done. I commend this sight as being very informative as well helpful to me and my Dr. I would advise everyone to be as informed as you can on all areas. It has and continues to help speaking with others as well having a Dr. who does listen to you.

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hey, im a 22 y male about to get a double fusion c-5/c-6 in two weeks. any suggestions for pre/post surgery? also they told me i would be only wearing a soft neck brace for 2 weeks, but after reading this discussion that may be a lie ha. Just wondering what the deal is with that. Any response is greatly appricated.

Thanks, joe

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January 2009 I had replacement of C5-C6 and C6-C7 discs. My neurosurgeon had me ins a soft collar brace for a total of 12 weeks. Luckily it was winter and I didn't swelter in it. So far--no complications with the surgery.
However,numbness in lebs,feet and difficulty with walking. I am going to use the Pete Egoscue book "Pain Free" to help with ongoing issues.
Refuse to "bow " to "differential diagnosis given to me last year of "MS"
MS seems to be the diagnosis "du jour" these days.

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Hi Tammy, I had cervical discetomy and fusion with interbody implant to c-4 through c-7back in Sept last year. one month after the surgery I felt fine, but then the symptoms have returned, I am experiencing light headedness, tingling in my left arm, pain in my neck, problems driving, especially turning to my right blind side, I also have a burning sensation to my neck and right ear. Yesertday my neurologist stated that I have nerve damage, my E.N.T. specialist last week dx me with cervital vertigo which stems from nerve damage .I have had MRI, MRA,CT scan, balancing everything done. I returned to work in Dec, but was terminated because I was placed on light duty,I am only able to lift up to 20lbs. I am a nurse who at this time cannot is unable to help anyone, Hang in there and take it easy,I do wish you and the rest of us all who have this problem a speedy recovery.

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How come no one is getting Artificial Disc Replacement (ADR) surgery? They have FDA approved artificial discs for the C-spine. The brand is called Prestige. There are some videos on Youtube of news programs reporting on some of these successful cases of people who have this surgery in lieu of the traditional fusion surgery. It seems like people always end up worse off with the spinal fusions. My uncle had 3 levels fused in his neck two years ago and still has pain every day.

Anyone had the ADR surgery?

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I am out one week from having neck surgery. c4-5 fusion. I have had two other fusions prior. They said they used an artificial disc in which i had no clue they would use that. I have worse pain now, and i can feel something isnt right in my neck now. I feel like i have a wedge on one side higher then the other, so i sit with my head leaning towards on side. I go back to the doc this week. I still wear the hard collar as much as possible but im not happy with this surgery. My past surgeries went very well from day one, and never had any problems at all. I wish you all the luck with your healing, as mine may be too early to tell.

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Fellow spinal patients,

I can say each and every case is different. All our bodies and injuries are different even if it is considered simular. Age, weight, field of work,gender, all apply to us all. I hope as I have done and lived to speak concerning all our health issues with the spine are different. I can not imagine a Dr. not explaining this to anyone about to undergo surgery on the spine. Not all Dr’s have seen first hand what a person male or female all ages walks of life suffer when there has been a injury to thier spine. It is sometimes the most important thing we will do for our own recovery to investigate through this sight plus continue speaking with everyone we can who has walked this walk before us. Time helps, pain is a problem as normal with most surgeries - especially spineal good medical teams as well as taking vitamins will also help. I can say 99% of all people I have spoke to { many people through these past 14 years } have all had surgery and had to undergo other spine surgery lower down from the first, or upper. The lower is more common. It is because of the weakened area. I have other disks now which detoriated in the past 14 yrs. since my first surgery. I was in business managment and had no choice but retire. Even if a person ends up as I in early retirement, you can work a part time job, since everyone is different time will pass the body works on healing its self. So rest be informed and do not rush or exspect to much to soon or a person can slow or hurt their own healing process. I do understand how much you hurt and what a big surprize when you awaken and you are in so much pain. Stand strong and know things do -slowly heal.

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On the topic of post op results,,, I wore an aspen collar for 6 weeks after surgery. /the surgeon said I would have a lot of spasms the first week afterward and to wear it off and on, I did that and had massive spasms from the top of my head to my midback. I know wearing a brace for that long deconditions you muscles, like jello, but 2 weeks later am still having substantial spasms. I'm still on 2 diffferent meds for spasms and some prn pain meds. Has anyone else had substantial, gee I've got to lay down or I'll die type spasms afterwards? I do have some spasms in the back of my neck which is where I had the pain before surgery so they particularly freak me out. I know the ssurgery helped because when I woke up afterward in the hospital, the origianl neck pain was gone. I find it rationally hard to believe that I could've had 0 pain in the affected area for 8 weeks, but now the original pain is back. i'd love to hear comments.

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Dear Katy Hurts,

Yes I awakened for a period of time was pain free. The medication from surgery is strong, it takes some time to wear off. I had a fusion in C-4/5, and boy it is a pain you never forget ! I lay down when I watch T.V. I agree about the colar, it helps to take short periods with it off, but if you wear it to often it will cause the muscles to weaken then they have to strengthen up again. Personal Experience
is to rest with warm moist heat on the muscles, I hurt from my shoulder all the way down. I waited to long before having my surgery I was stuborn, but I paid a high price in the long run.
I just injuried myself more. I had 10% use of my right side and would not have been able to use it at all had I not underwent surgery. Listen to the Dr. rest, warm baths, heat, with medications.
If things persit in the long run as in my case-2+ yrs. later still in pain. I was refered to a pain clinic.
I had injections, on all sort of medicaions, as well had a spinal injury which would not heal.
It was something you could see on the MRI. it was pushing on the spinal cord.
I attempted to return to work and did for 6 months, but with alot of pain.
Once the spine is injuried some people will never be as if it was, I say this not to discourage anyone. I have known some people { I worked with the public } some did not have any problems two years later.
Many times the nerves will heal, but it did take time.
I ended up with a sperate disablity, rare and I used it as my title for this sight.
I did well after the first two years in the neck area.
It wasnt until 12 + years later I began to have new issues.
Just keep trying and if need change Dr’s { only if you think you need anothers advice}, other than that it is a problem many of us deal with.
Speaking, listening, working with others helps me to understand how many people do suffer and that it will take time to heal.

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I had surgery on Feb 2nd of this year, for C2 to C4. I was at work and pulled a highlighter lid off and started having numbness in my right arm and stiffness in neck with a pinched nerve right between my shoulder blade. I went to the doctor had an MRI done that showed I had strangling around spinal cord with very little disc in between the spine and bone spurs. I am like what?? how is this possiable?? I have never even broke a bone in my life and am affraid to even do any kind of dare devil stunts.. I am 48 yrs old and have never had any kind of neck pain till now. It took me a year to deside to even do this surgery for this is my spine we are talking about. Three weeks before surgery my right arm felt like it was put in a vice and was being turned backwards the pain was so intense I was in tears. I called the dr. who told me that it is a sign of the arm going paralized. I couldn't wait for the surgery just to get rid of the pain.
Ok, so now it has been three and a half months. I wore the hard collar for three months and a soft collar when I slept, not fun. My collars are gone and I am still in pain up and down both sides of my neck and across the shoulders. I was told I would be back to work in three months, that is a lie. I am into my third session of Physical therapy and dread knowing I have to go back every other day, for I am in even more pain and can't wait to just get home and lie down. I will say they are doing very little, I get heat with electroids, cold laser and neck excercies.
I have trouble sitting for my head wants to go backwards, I can walk around for about 45 min before I feel pain in lower back. Driving is hard also for I have trouble seeing my blind spots, so I have to turn my whole body. I know some of you are doing great and others have pain still, I am sorry to not have anything really good to say about this yet, except for the pain in my arm is gone..Yipee!! But the other pain I am having isn't so great. My Dr always says Oh yea, your the big surgery and the x-rays look good, so why is this so painful for me? Is anyone else feel like I do?? I was told my dr is the best, he is a nerosurgen and come's highly recomended. I will see him next week

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Some one on this thread was about to go into surgery and was wondering about what to expect. So far, this is my experience, you need a good pain specialist, the .process has 3 parts, first 2 weeks in pj's, next 4 weeks gradually doing more. then has aspen collar off and suffer horribly from spasms. praise God that nothing adverse has happened. I firmly believe in prayer. Get help for yourself at least for 4 weeks for groceries, meal prep, laundry etc because I am in no shape to do it. If it's not the last resort for you, I would wait.

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So many on this thread....WOW, to the person who said: "They did not tell me that after you get a cervical fusion the discs above can "go", That happened to me. So, the next thing I had was a 4 level anterior cervical fusion. When my new neurosurgeon went in to fuse C3-4, he noticed that C-5-6, (done in 2007) had NEVER FUSED and the screws had to be taken out and the spaces filled with putty, as they were wiggly. He took off the first titanium plate and put one long plate in for C3-4-5-&6!!! Learn this. MRI'S, CT SCANS, Nerve blocks, all the torture (from the nerve block) showed none of this. So, if your surgery fails (screws become loose, bone is not fused) you will be in PAIN and your neck will be purple and the bruising then, NEVER goes away! My neck is eternally purple and I look like jack the ripper got to my neck. My new neurosurgeon was excellent though. You need to get a referral to one of the best. I went to UCONN HEALTH CENTER in Farmington, CT., and had Dr. Onyiuke. He is one of the top 5 in the USA. I just wished he had listened to me instead of relying on all those tests. I suffered for 18 months and took Oxycontin, oxycodone, neurontin, flexoril, lyrica. They never listened to me......now I am feeling much better but I will never be able to lift more than 5 pounds or exercise my arms, swim for long and my ROM sucks....other than that and my stunning purple neck, I guess I am better????? I had the buzzing feeling too and the doc just shrugged and dismissed me. I have been so dismissed and not listened to, and prescribed more meds than a cancer patient. I was only in the hosital for 1 stinking night! Then off you go like your all better. I had to wear the MIAMI J neck brace 24/7 for a month, even in the shower, but it ensures that the bone fuses. The first neurosurgeon told me to throw the soft collar away, and that fusion failed. So, wear the restrictive collar and just look like an astronaut for a month. I was depressed from all the mean comments. (People are so inconsiderate and uncompassionate) Rule 1: Get the BEST neurosurgeon in your state, even if you have to drive really far. I vote, if the surgery is a failure, the insurance company does NOT PAY the neurosurgeon. That will hold them accountable to do it right the first stinking time. Do they think having a bionic neck is fun???

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You posted on the neck pain site. I am glad you found the problem. Just remember anyone who is going in for spinal surgery. 1-, Never ever EVER do they do it for pain. 2- You may or may not feel better after, 3- it is dangerous.

The reason and only reason spinal surgery is done (short of cancer or something like that) is to stop progressive neurologic deficit. In english that means, if you are weak in your hands, then they do surgery to stop it from getting to the point you cannot use your hands. Any other "gifts" pain, whatever, you have to accept because trust me, losing the use of limbs is scary business. I woke up one day and couldn't get out of bed. I did not have strenght to sit up, move myself, nothing.

I had a 4 level fusion done because of myelopathy. I was unable to button a shirt. Unable to open a door knob. Unable to eat. Unalbe to zip my zipper down or up. The surgery cured it all, and now, I am on lots of opiates for pain. That I will accept reluctantly, because if my myelopathy were 5% worse, I would have been in a wheel chair.

Just make sure you get 2 opinions and you get this done for the right reasons. Not to get drugs, not to miss work, not to stop some little tingly feeling, but to stop the progression of loss of use of whatever=arms, legs, etc.
Good luck.

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you guys are scaring me! I have to go for surgery ACDF with plate and fusion within 3 wks. Same symptoms that many here have, MrI showing C5-6 very narrowed, thus the numb arm and hand..
My Neuro told me one week at home and then 1/2 days at work. 3 months to total recovery.
This does NOT sound like what you folks have done. I'm a bookkeeper and really need to be honest with my boss as others depend on me for paycks, etc.
I just healed from a colectomy (one foot of colon removed) and am finally getting my energy back. He said this surgery is not anything like that one as far as recovery goes. HUMMMMMMM.

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After the surgery try to put your cervical collar as much as you can but move your neck with the limitation that the collar gives you to avoid muscular spasm.

steroid cycles

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i am 54 years old.... and have DDD in my neck. in 2002 i had a c5-6 fusion. surgery went well, but i never did have a full recovery. it was a comp case, so i was pushed back to work. well its almost 8 years and i am worse than ever! my pc doctor wants an mri done, but i am not sure what kind of plate is in my neck, none of my records indicate that. so i called my surgeon, my records are in storage. so until i find this info out, i am suffering!
my neck feels like a bee is stinging me... very weid feeling! i have stiff necks, and serious spasms all the time. after reading everyones comments i can sympathize with you all!! my feelings on neurosugeons are that they dont want to hear their sugery was not 100%. they want to make you feel you are ok, and its all in your head! mine wanted me to return to work after the surgery in 3 months! i have had a numb thumb for 8 years and no one can tell my why!!
i do find some relief from hot compresses and lying down properly with my neck supported.

my point in this post is... have you trid for SSDI or SSI? i tried in 2003 and was denied. instead of fighting it, i returned to work for a year. what a mistake!! now i have started the whole darn process again. please dont do what i did, and think you are fine, when infact DDD just gets worse. also, if you go to pain mangement and get steroid shots... ask about the negatives in the proceedure. it is not a cure, but a "bandaid'.. my husband has spinal stenosis and cannot walk because he is inoperable (bad heart). he shots became more frequent and less effective. now he lives on opiates.
i wish you all a pain free life!!

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Annad, make sure you have a spine surgeon, not an orthopedic surgeon who does a little of this, a little of that, and fits spine surgery in now and then. Get a neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon who do lots of spine surgery (in the case of the ortho, that is all they do, and have been fellowship trained in complex spine), and or a neuro who has also been trained in spine/complex spine via fellowship and does lots of spine surgery.

You will do fine. My last surgery, fuse c3/4 was a cake walk compared to an earlier one. I was in the hospital 12 hours, and felt so much better after I was thrilled. If you need the surgery-------this is NOT AN ELECTIVE SURGERY. THIS IS A SURGERY THAT YOU DO BECAUSE YOU ARE OUT OF OPTIONS, if that is the case, you have the doctor lined up, you will do just fine. Some doctors have you wear a collar for a week, month, or inbetween, mine didn't have me wear it at all. I did though when I was in the car, just my own security and it felt better with my wifes driving.

Dont sweat it if you have covered the above bases. If I can help, let me know.

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mtsaz100
thanx for upbeat response!. I finally called my old friend who happens to be an orthopedic surgeon herself and passed it all by her and she said my doc was spot on. He is a neuro surgeon - the most respected in our community and he operated successfully on my husband's lower back a few years ago. So that homework is done.! He does 2 or more of these neck surgeries a week. It's a level 2 ACDF with plate.and like you said - there's no choice. Just looking at the MRI it's plain to see - even for me, There is NO space around the cord in those vertebra, "severe" and "flattened" as they said on the report. Guess that explains the numbness and pain for the last 2 months and it's so familiar - like off and on for years, I kept saying - "oh I just slept on it wrong". You know the drill I'm sure.

I came on this site to get tips for recovery - since I just recovered from a colectomy in December ..plus having RA diagnosed a year ago and getting my meds evened out and really starting to feel good after two years of blah. The Neuro said this recovery will be so much faster than the colectomy (a foot of colon removed - that was some fun let me tell you). So anyway - I'm going for it with a good attitude and my vitamins all lined up. Good luck to you all.
AnnaD

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