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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,670
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hello All,

I just went through an APCF C3 thru T1 Fusion in May. It's been 3 1/2 weeks and am worried a bit about the Pain I'm still having. Has anyone had a similiar surgery>?


  • Are you referring to an ACDF? I am not familiar with the term APCF, unless it means anterior/posterior cervical fusion.

    At only 3.5 weeks out it is quite normal to still have pain. Especially if you had anterior and posterior. It does take quite some time to feel good again. Try not to worry too much, but if there is something specific that is concerning, call your doctor. He can't help you if you don't tell him of your concerns. Often just a little bit of reassurance is all you need, and his staff can do that, or if they feel it is out of the "norm" they may have you pop in for a quick visit with the doc.

    Try not to push yourself too hard. Remember you are only 3 weeks out of major surgery!

    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
  • You're right it is an Anterior/Posterior Cervical Fusion. C3 thru T1.

    I work at a computer for a living and I can't sit here for no more than an hour right now. I can't imagine 4 or 8 hours shifts. I don't do too much. I walk for exercise but that's about it right now. 2 weeks and I have my first post op visit. I'm hoping I am fusing and that this is normal to have pain like this still. mostly in the back of my neck and down between the shoulder blades. I am still swollen in the front a bit and cannot eat more than a consistancy of noodles and creamy substance. i tried a cheeseburger and still cannot swallow it without it getting caught. My first surgery in 2003 I didn't have this problem. It's getting better a little at a time and I do realize one day at a time is all I can do. Right? Thanks for your encouragement!. I greatly appriciate it.
  • Wow, that's a huge fusion!

    I wouldn't be upset if there isn't any sign of fusion yet. You're still very early out of surgery and it's a lot of levels. My surgeon told me that the more levels, the more time it takes to fuse because of the invasiveness of the procedure. Just follow orders and walk, walk, walk! That is the most important thing you can do for your healing at this point.

    I agree with Cindy about the pain; if something feels "not right" then call your doc or his nurse. That's what you paid for after all. I had a 3 level and it was very uncomfortable so I can imagine that you are going to have quite a bit especially considering you had both anterior and posterior. Just follow your instincts and if you don't feel right call the doctor.

    Keep us up to date on your healing. We'll all be pulling for you.

  • hi gailiegirl, I have had both surgeries and am 2 1/2 weeks into the posterior cervical laminectomy. My muscles are very sore still. I thought i be going back to work at 2 weeks now since post op appointment its 4 weeks. It's a slow process healing the spine. I listen to my doctor instructions. Walking is good for you to keep the circulation moving to prevent blood clots. I have been in my pool several times a day for my exercise. My pain on my shoulders is severe. I can't move my neck more then a inch or so up and down or to left and right. Every muscle is so tight, it's annoying and I understand what your going through. I been sleeping a lot also. I am not eating all that great either. Just take 1 day at a time that's what I was instructed to do. Each day should be better. good luck.
    2005-ACDF with Corpectomy at C3-C-5.
    2006-L4-L5 diskectomy.
    2009-Cervical laminectomy at C3.
    Steroid injections series x 4.
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