trying to avoid a two level fusion.anybody here of truefuse?
jUST HAD A C5-7 FUSION, MY NECK IS SLIGHTLY LUMPY AND PURPLE LIKE A BRUISE, IT'S BEEN ABOUT 3 WEEKS, IN NECK BRACE FOR 2 WEEKS, AND SHORTLY WILL BEGIN THERAPY.
I GOT INTERESTED IN THIS SITE AND JUST REGISTERED TO RESPONT TO SOMEONE ELSE ABOUT THE NECK BRUISING. THE DOC PUT IN A PLATE , 6 TITANIUM CANATERS FILLED WITH BONES FROM SOMEONE ELSE THAT PASSED ON. I AM THANKFUL, I FELT GREAT, GREAT ENERGY FOR 2 WEEKS AND NOW I FEET TIRED. EVER MINDFUL WHEN I SWALLOW, BEND DOWN AND GET UP OF SOMETHING IN MY NECK. I FEEL FOR THE OTHER PERSON THAT COMPLAINED OF FEELING LIKE SHE HAD A GOLFBALL IN HER NECk. JUST THOUGHT I'D
I had fusion on c3-4 c 5-6 c6-7. almost 3 yrs ago. healed really good and fast.
Someone told me about a supplement for bones called silica. I believe that what help me heal so fast and good. getting ready for lower back surgery within a month and going to take silica again. wish you the best of luck. valerie.
Forgot to mention that I was issued a gizmo that looks like a wheel i strap to my neck - it's a bone growth stimulator that you use for half an hour every day until the Dr. says you"r e through, about 240 days or so. As of this date, my swallowing is alot better, I have at times a small dry cough, I feel I am slowiy getting some feeling back in my thumb and finger, and the tingling up and down my arm is decreasing in frequency. I coming along.
I too am trying to avoid a fusion. I have had cervical DDD since 2003. I have it in 3 different places of my upper neck. I am now in my seventh year and I must say it has really taken a turn for the worst. For the first time, I have begun to consider the possibility of the surgery. Though I am still very sceptical. But I know that I will eventually need to have it done. It's just a matter of when. I have done my homework and over the past two years, I have done a lot of reading on the different surgery's that are offered. I am going to see a very good surgeon that my husband used a year ago for his back fusion. My husband took it like a champ and no longer has any nerve issues and less pain than he did before the surgery. His doctor performs 400 surgeries a year and has been doing this sort of thing for many many years. My advise to you would be, go as long as you can go. Once the pain becomes completely unbearable, do your homework and find yourself a good surgeon.
MY INJURY occured in 2002 and had therapy and meds, then a reccurance this year. My final decision to have it done was the Doctor's saying that the longer I wait the more the nerve damage will worsen. Make sure you have a bone density test done to make sure your bones are strong enought to hold the screws if you get the surgery I did where they put a 2" metal plate. Pray to God and whatever you do you[ll know that he's in control. Good Luck