I'm new here, just found this sight yesterday.
I had ACDF of C5C6C7 with spur removal on 12 Nov. My neck never did hurt and my symptoms came out of nowhere at the end of August. By mid Sept the pain and tingling in my right shoulder and arm were so severe that I was unable to sleep at night so I finally went to see my family doc. She referred me to an ortho who immediatly told me nothing was wrong with my shoulder and referred me to a spine specialist.
Long story short, MRI revealed minor herniation at C5-C6, but "complete rupture" at C6-C7 with spur piercing the nerve and pressing into my spinal cord. Again, my neck has never really bothered me, nor did I have issues with headaches. I am an athletic 45 yr old woman who has always led an active and healthy lifestyle, with the exception of smoking. (it's my one vice)
Anyway, I was seen by EDITED D.O in Ft Worth, Tx on Oct 14th. and his words to me were, "you are a classic case for ACDF, but surgery is your choice". Since I am intollerant to any pain meds stronger than ibuprophin, I was literally suicidal due to the pain and lack of sleep. I was willing to do anything so I asked for the surgery.
Dr K told me the ACDF was considered "painless". He also told me that I could expect continued deteriation of my right arm because of the severity of the condition without the surgery. He went into great detail about the procedure; told me everything to expect post op, so forth.
He made me ask for the surgery 3 times before he would finally agree to do it. My husband has had back issues all his life, plus we have a close friend who is a chiropracter so we had done lots of research before going to see Dr K. I knew when I walked in the door surgery was my best option, I just needed to know if he was the right Dr to do it.
I had to wait a month before the ACDF and everything Dr K told me would happen, happened. By the day of my surgery, I could barely raise my arm and could no longer lift my coffee cup. It was horrible!
The surgery was exactly as he decribed. When I woke up, the pain was gone from my shoulder. I did have some minor pain around my shoulder blade and he told me before the surgery that I would because of the position I would be placed in during to operation.
9 days and so far, so good. I've read all the post here, and other blog sites and am now starting to get a little scared. I have had little to no pain, other than my throat being a bit sore. Occasional tingling in my right arm that Dr K said I would have until the fusion heals is present but tolerable.
What he did not tell me, but I have read here is the inability to sleep. I have not taken any post op pain meds; nothing, nada, not even an aspirin. So why am I awake half the night? I am able to find positions to sleep which work with the miami j brace, and am able to fall asleep rather quickly, but after about 3 hours, I am up. Not because of pain, but because I just cannot sleep.
Because I am a smoker, I am supposed to get the growth stimulator and expect it to be delivered this afternoon. I go for my first post op cu on Monday and am hoping they will let me out of my brace.
But now, after reading all the post here I am beginning to wonder if I am having some sort of delayed reaction and the pain just hasn't got here yet. Dr K told me I would not have pain problems and so far I have not. (Okay, that first sneeze was a killer) Am I to expect no pain like my Dr promissed or will it get worse? Another thing I have noticed is a change in my taste buds. Certain foods like potatoes, coffee, red meat and chicken do not taste the same. Everything is bland to me. I've gone from being an avid Dt Dr Pepper drinker, to having lemon water in my hand all day long. I stay thirsty and the lemon water is the only thing that really taste good to me.
Is this normal????
Post Edited by Authority Member haglandc to remove name of Medical Professional