I had the ACDF C-4 through c-7 and VBR (fusion on the back side. This was a level 3 with 2 verbs removed C 5 & 6. 3 inner and outer bone spurs. cage titanium graft plate screwed in with 2 screw lower and one upper. I had two amputated nerves from C 5 and C 6 being bone on bone. Lost 70% of left arm use. I also had stenosis.
Op 11/2/09 5 days hospital the nightly crys of those in pain will stay with a long time (I joined them too)
now that I am into 3 weeks post op I still have pain down the left arm and my muscles in my back hurt like heck. sleep flat on my back with no pillow or just a 1" pillow sleep till pain wakes me.
Doc said he could mend amputated nerves ......I don't think so. I agree that the other compressed nerves are telling me all about their compression now that they have some space.
I can't do anything unless I want the feeling that a 50 pound weight is sitting on my neck.
I am with my buddy the J collar. Flexeril and 2 norcos q 4 to 6 hours.
I bought prism glasses that allow me to lie flat on the couch and watch tv or set the lap top on my stomach to do email or watch a movie.
Has anyone dealt with amputated nerves??? ~X(