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Posted in: Herniated disc, Neck pain, and Surgery.

anterior cervical disectomy infusion and fixation

Started by samantha10469 on 01/21/2011 10:38am

Good morning everyone , i am 23 year old women i was in a terrible car accident in may and i need a little advice. Im on my last resort, ie surgery i have had epiduarl shots in my neck i have done physical therapy 3x a week for 6 months i have terrible nerve damage, loss of feeling in my left hand and left arm pain like i have lifted 15 pounds on that arm. i have c5-c6- c7-c8 herniated i have my surgery schedualed for jan 31st but i am so scared im so young to have this surgery iam very scared something will go wrong .I just need somone who has had the same surgery that i am having to share with me there sucess the surgeon said after a week i can drive and in a month i can go back to work that i am so happy about because i have been out of work since may and i am so bored and so tired of taking narcotics and muscle relaxers the reason why i want the surgery is because i am physically and emotionally exhausted i dont get much sleep at all because of the pain. and everything i tried has beren a flop. oh and i had 3 opinions about this surgery.

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samantha10469 Hello sorry to hear about the accident and all the pain. I just had the acdf to c5-7 with plate and just saw doctor for 1st time since surgery with xray and looks good he gave me the ok to drive, shovel snow and lift 30 lbs and yes after a month you will drive. The first few days after surgery will be uncomfortable but it gets better quickly the pain pins n needles and numbness have gone away so far just waiting to see how things feel once i get more active.They tell me that after 3 months i get the ok to do what i want,try to relax and be positive everything is gonna be ok.

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thank you so much so glad to hear that your are doing good that gives me lots of hope, i just have so much things going on in my head with all complications. thanks for replying back to me it makes me feel better that you are doing good after the surgery.

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Your welcome Samantha I also had the worries and lack of sleep leading up to surgery, You will welcome the rest that 1st week take your meds grab some pillows and get yourself comfortable and you will see big improvements week 2. Good luck and let us know your doing.

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Don't worry you will be OK! the new technology is better than it was before. i had this same surgery you are about to have and i felt great after. But i had three fusion and you are having four which i don't think they will preform. This is the only option that you have and i think the doctor that is preforming this surgery told you that. The recovery will be hard, stay focus on recovery, also read on how to have a better recovery that is very important

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Well, four more days until my surgery im a complete basket case. I'am so scared that will never be the same and i allowed this injury to run my life,I just want it to be over.

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hey, SAM! I to was involved in a bad car accident.. not my fault.girl,we're in the same boat.no co0nservative treatments worked for me. on 8/04/08 i had my surgery @ 28 years old (now 30) being a single mother at that point out of work from 4/07-08/08. my story is rather miraculous.the power of an awesome team of Doctors as well as positive thinking can do wonders.understand that this is a life long process once surgery is done.my surgery was @ c4-5 and c5-6.I had the acdf as well as instrumentation(titanium plate with 6 screws installed_ as well as allograft (cadaver)bone with demineralized bone matrix as well as bone wax.i know how hard it is for you and how much you want to be"normal", you will be the best kinda special normal once it's over...REMEMBER< YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

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My surgery went great now I'm in the hosp recovering.

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Great news Samantha!! By this time next week you will see a BIG IMPROVEMENT. Get some rest keep us updated.

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ok so my strength is back and no pain the only thing is the incision is still swollen but i feel great, ps its only 2 weeks since my surgery. amazing i know. hehe i can finally get my life back to normal.

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Great news Sam!!

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FANTASTIC! It's great to hear it...... Remember, Slow and Steady Wins the Race...Let Your Body Guide you...Re-Learning is FUN!! CONGRATS!!!!!

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HI Samantha. Im happy to hear your surgery went well. And that your feeling better. But please listen to cadavermomma: take it slow and easy. You have just had a very serious spinal surgery. It will take awhile to completely heal. And DO NOT, i repeat, DO NOT listen to your doctors telling you that you can go back out and do everything that you love to do the way you did before!
You are not the same person now as before your accident. The reality pill is a hard one to swallow. And please forgive me for being so blount here. I just hate to hear stories of spinal patients who injure the same or other areas of the spine because they thought it was ok to live their lives normally. Usually due to their doctors' advice.
The best thing you can do, as i had to do, is learn as much as you can about the spine as possible. Become your own advocate, and read and listen to all of the people out there who have been dealing with all different types of spinal probs. I have been blessed to have met so many wonderful people from this site. We are all bound together in purpose: to try and feel better and to try and make others feel better. Take care and best of luck.

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Hey....Hope ur well.SpinelessStevie,Thanks,You rock! And your advice i hope serves well.Can you message me?

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