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6 1/2 months post 3 level ACDF

gethealthyggethealthy Posts: 303
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:41 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I'm starting to feel good. I have no limits from my doctor but am putting some on myself. I don't know if I'll ever go back to lifting the weight I use to but I am strong again!

I stopped using the bone stimulator and that alone made life better. That thing hurt! I hope it did more good than harm. It really cramped my neck. It gave me a toothache in my neck.

I'm living life again. A little more careful but I'm so happy. I don't have the pain I had before the surgery. I'm have lost some of my range of motion but it's worth it to not have the pain I had before the surgery.

So far so good ;)


  • I'm glad you are doing well, and staying in touch.
    Keep up the good healing work :)
    God bless and keep You,
  • It is good to hear positive stories from surgery. While we all know we won't be the exact same before surgery, things still do work out. But then again we are not the same at this age as we were at say age 15. Things change, life changes people change. Loss of a little ROM over the pain is a good trade off. Sometimes I really wonder about the loss of ROM, as prior to surgery most people are in so much pain that they are loosing motion to begin with. So by getting fixed you may actually have more ROM sense you can move around again. I take it that you are a 100% fused to loose the stimulator? Anyway keep up the good work and this will all be a thing of the past soon. take care.
  • My xrays show fusion but they aren't totally accurate. They look really good tho so I'm released from my torture device.

    I was told since I'm so small the bone stimulators are more uncomfortable. The one size fits all is not the best choice. I hope they start to make more sizes.

    You're so right Tam Tam I was stiff for several months prior to surgery. I have several months of healing to go so as I'm in less pain I'm sure I'll be able to move more. I CAN'T WAIT!

    This surgery helped my lower back too! I was unable to take long car rides but now I'm good to go. My husband is thrilled about that. We travel almost every weekend and stopping as often as I had to was annoying
  • I'm Jealous!!! Glad to hear this is a very likely SUCCESS story! Bravo, and awsome come to mind! *HUG* You go girl! So glad you are feeling so good. Whatever you are doing, it is the right thing(s). Congrats Lynn!! :-)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Things are going well. I'm starting to get back into my work schedule. I updated one of my sites www.realwomensfitnesstips.com and was able to do all the computer work I needed to do.

    I had to take breaks every 30 minutes to stretch and such. I also made sure I laid down for 20 minutes a couple of times a day on my back with my cervical pillow so the "healing" fluids could get back into my spine.

    There is life after a ACDF. I really thought mine was over for a while.

    I do have to make small adjustments but it's worth it. I was unable to sit for long periods of time due to what I thought were bad hips...turns out it was my neck! I can make it through car rides and all now!

    Hang in there and take good care of yourself!
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