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Had ACDF Wednesday

gemyorkggemyork Posts: 43
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi All. I had my one level c6-67 discectomy and fusion on Wednesday. The surgery part and how I felt after were so much better than I had worked myself up for! My worst problem was very intense acid reflux (GERD) after. I have gastro problems often but this was worse then I had ever had. If I swallowed, breathed in, bent over, pretty much anything I would get stabbing pains in my chest. They gave me malox and protonix all day which didn't help. Then decided, just to make sure that everythng else was ok, kept, me in the cardiac unit overnight on a monitor and also did a lung test for clots. All tests were negative, so I came home yesterday. Still getting the reflux but not as bad.

My incision from the surgery hardly hurts at all. My shouders and shoulder blades hurt some but more just achy. Doctor said I don't have to wear the soft collar if I don't want to. It's more of just a comfort thing for me to decide. My thumb doesn't feel as numb. My arms are still somewhat sore but not as bad as before the surgery. I take tylenol and dilaudid as needed. I slept in my own bed, regular pillows las night with no problems.

So all and all (other than the gastric problem) thing went well and are great! As I back off the pain meds I hope I am saying the same thing!!

I'll keep everyone posted because I know it was helpful to me to follow recent surgeries.

Let's all have as painfree a day as possible!!



  • Hi Diane and congratulations on being post surgery and feeling good.

    It still amazes me how many people post that the anticipation of the surgery and recovery were worse than the experience. I felt the same way and many others have as well.

    Be sure to follow docs orders, don't overdo and no BLT. Even though you feel good, you've still got the recovery time to get through. Before long, if you're like me, your incision is really gonna itch when it starts to heal.

    Take care and I'm glad you're on the other side.
  • Hi Diane,
    I had gastro and swallowing problems before my surgery and I have no gag reflex. After surgery none of these things got worse, the swallowing seemed to have gotten a tad better about 1 week after surgery.
    My gastro doc had me try many meds. they all made matters worse.Then was sent to a swallow specialist to learn how to swallow in a way that really changed my life. Now I can eat and drink and know one can really tell I have a problem... except if I have to belch I have no control to keep it quiet or inside, but that's due to having no gag reflex.

    I hope some of your gastro problems will get better in a few days.I have heard many say that reflux got better after surgery in that area of the neck.

    From my own experience wearing my soft collar helped with the symptoms.. specially at night in bed. when I did wear it I wouldn't be woken up with the pains as often.I still wear my soft collar once in awhile at night if I have had a bad day.
    Good luck with your recovery,
    Hugs to all..Patsy

  • Thank you Ladybug and Cath. I'm losing my voice a little but the doctor told me that could happen for a few days from the swelling. Nap time. Bye all. Diane
  • I'm going in tomorrow for a 3 level ACDF and am really scared. I try just not to think about it and am staying really busy. I read some of the folks who have really tough times and then women like you that do well. I want to be one of the "do well" women.

    I'm following a pre surgery diet I found on line so I minimize the chances of getting sick after surgery. My friend did get sick but said it was no big deal. I've set up my house like a state of the art recovery ward LOL.

    I plan on reading as many "I did great" posts to help me be BRAVE!

    Thanks again Diane
  • I hope you don't have further problems with your pain and digestion problems. You seem to be a strong woman to have gone through back fusion and now ACDF. I hope you heal completely I'm glad you're back home to your own bed. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I hope your surgery goes well. My only surgery pain still is an ach between my shoulder blades, but not bad at all. I wear the collar off and on for confort and definately to sleep. Totally my choice I was told. A still have some reflux issues. But much better than when in the hospital. I had a hamburger last night and then had an upset stomach all night. So back to softer food for now I guess. Overall I still think I am one of the lucky ones. My arm hurts less than before surgery and if my thumb is numb it is very little. Here's hoping things keep going in the right direction! Good luck again Lyn. Diane
  • I had the stiffness, too, but it goes away within a week.

    For GERD, definitely try Aciphex. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. And it "plays well" with all other drugs.
  • This might sound off the wall....but
    I take half and sometimes a whole ounce of...
    Organic Apple Cider Vinegar-the kind that says with the mother on the jar. I take it 1 or 2x's everyday.
    You can find it anywhere. Cost very little..and is good for you. Helps with alot of things.. I keep a jar in the fridge and one on the counter..
    With my swallowing issues I swallow warm things better in the morning.
    Meds wanna sometimes work different for me.
    I take Lunesta 3mg- Most take it for sleep.. but for me it does not cause any sleepiness at all.They have me take it before dinner...and this wonderful med makes it so I can swallow eat dinner and drink hot or cold by relaxing muscles in throat and esophagus. but before I have dinner and after my Lunesta I always have a shot of cold apple cider vinegar with mother
    hugs to all Patsy
    P.S. all my opinions and experiences
  • Thanks Moonbaby and Ladybug. I'll take all the advice I can get for the tummy issues. Having Chron's seems to always be giving me new challenges in that department!

    How are you feeling Gethealthy? How did the surgery go?

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