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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in New Member Introductions
8> 8> Hi, my name is Mary Anne and I am new to posting although I have been reading the posts regularly, now. I am having my ACDF with hardware C4-5 on May 18th. I have stenosis and herniation at C7 and the neurosurgeon is looking into expanding the surgery. I think I have auto - fused at C5-6. I also have bilateral ulner neuropathy which may require surgery later. I have lumbar herniations and stenosis also.
Everyone has been through so much here. I am looking forward to your knowledge. I am scheduled for surgery but a week ago I came down with a case of diverticulitis and had to go on liquids and antibiotics. (Cipro and Flagyl). I am worried about having this so close to surgery. I am been through many ESI's and Physical Therapy. I have had trigger point and tendon injections on both arms. I have gait and balance problems. Neuro is not sure if they are cervical or lumbar or combination. I have been diagnosed with cord contussion.

My pain doctor, rheumatologist and family doctor really think surgery will help me. I am just scared. I don't want to have to be "taken care of" or dependent on my husband or children. It is getting old for them. They have been used to me doing everything all these years. I can't now and am depressed about it. I take Kadian twice a day which really helps with the pain. I also am on Vicodan for breakthrough pain, Clonidine - twice a day, Klonapin at bedtime. I also take folic acid (am low). I also take Senacot 3 each night.

My husband and I quit smoking (we had been really heavy smokers) 3 weeks ago - cold turkey. I go for pre admission testing May 12. The neruo said I will be in ICU the first night. Then, maybe in hospital one more day (or two depending). I am having surgery at a major university medical center in a large city. We are about 30 minutes away.
I am just unsure and afraid of how bad i will be afterward. I don't want to be helpless or dependent on my family.


  • Welcome to Spine-Health. You'll find a lot of information on this site as well as support and friendship. SH has been a savior for many.

    I'm a cervical spiney like you and had a 3-lvl ACDF with hardware. I'm sorry that your last resort is surgery, but sometimes that's all that can help. I know it's scary - I'd never even been in a hospital before my surgery and was terrified. I can tell you this, as many others can as well, that oftentimes the anticipation is worse than the actual surgery. I know it doesn't help now, but you'll probably feel the same way when it's over.

    Being incompacitated is definitely difficult, and for those of us that are very active, generally restless and the care-givers of the family, we wonder how we'll ever be able to get through it. But you will. The thing to remember is that even though you'll have some time after your surgery that you'll need to be taken care of, you'll be able to get to a point where you feel better about what you can do and start to feel better about yourself.

    Try, try, try to take comfort in the care those around you provide. It's not every day that we can tell our hubbys what to do (well, we can try, but it doesn't work very often LOL).

    Cervical surgery is much easier to recover from than lumbar or thoracic surgery and, unless something unforseen happens, I'm sure you'll find that you'll be able to go about doing some of the normal things before you know it.

    Take care of yourself, keep us posted, and feel free to PM me if you have any questions or want to vent.
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am sorry you are feeling so bad. ~X( you will most likely need help after your surgery. :? can your husband do this for you? good luck and keep us informed. :D be sure and check out the "Back and Neck" surgery forum for more info. Jenny :)
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,856

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    As you read these message boards you will read a lot about people having ACDF surgeries. Compared to Lumbar surgery, there is a definite edge in terms of overall success and recovery with cervical surgeries.
    During your initial recovery, it would definitely be beneficial to have the help of your loved ones. But over time, you will become more and more independent.
    Quite honestly, I believe there is more of a reason to be worried about your diverticulitis. My wife had to go for surgery this past summer to do a bowel resection. Seeing what she went through with this surgery vs the multiple ACDFs I had, the cervical procedure overall was easier.
    Just remember that after your surgery, always adhere to the restrictions and limitations your doctor has placed on you.
    So many of the failures or post surgical problems you read about are due to people not paying attention to everything they were told to do or not do.
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  • =P~ Thanks so much, I feel better already!!!. I haven't had pain in my abdomen for 2 days now. I am still on the Flagyl. My family doctor is sending me for a colonoscopy as soon as I recuperate well enough from the acdf.
    Cathh is that a Samoyed? Your dog is beautiful? I have 2, an Airedale. Ozzie (100 lbs) and Jinx Harriett, a yorki poo (10 lbs).

    Ron, I think the Kadian contributed to the relapse of diverticulitis. It is just that I really need it right now. It has made such an improvement in my life.

    I really want to get better and if possible, take some courses to get another job. Even if it is working at home.

    Take care and have a great Spring weekend.
    Mary Anne
  • congratulations on stopping smoking ,i hope that this site can be a valuable tool in your recovery and that you will meet some new friends
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