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ACDF / ACDR

Fabster75FFabster75 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:49 AM in New Member Introductions
I would like to start off by saying how appreciative I am for everyone that has posted to the numerous threads here. I have found a wealth of information here over the past weeks after realizing my own "possible" need for surgery.
With that being said I am a 26 yro male, non-smoker, in very good health. I am currently employed in the Army National Guard and have deployed as a infantryman with the 10th Mountain Div. Currently I am in NC attending the John F Kennedy Special Warfare School at Ft. Bragg. An MRI indicated that I have a herniated disc in C5-C6 (shocker, I know) that is large enough to impinge the spinal cord a great deal. I also am showing signs of kyphosis in my cervical spine as a result. I have talked to 3 different surgeons, 1 being military here at Womack Army medical center, and all have been very surprised at my ease of mobility considering the size of the disc herniation.

Here's my conundrum: After approx 2 1/2 months I have almost no pain or pain/tingling radiating down my right arm and into my thumb like I did about 1.5 months ago. My pain at the beginning was debilitating, no sleep, no comfort, many on here can relate I am sure. However, that pain is gone. I do still feel it when I run and do pull ups so I avoid those activities, which are necessary here. I have currently been put on Medical hold to avoid future training and all the surgeons I have talked to are freaking out by how much of my spinal cord is compressed and recommending ACDF / ACDR. I am leaning away from cervical replacement mostly because it is still a new technology and there isn't an artificial joint in existence that lasts a human lifespan...I think.

I guess my concern is if there is a possibility that my disc will return to normal on its own, for obvious reasons I want to avoid surgery but want to return to my high activity level even more. My almost complete lack of pain, unless running etc, is causing me to think I should run from the knife. Will this get worse if untreated?

Sorry for the long post as usual any advice/recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all in advance.
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  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. you are very wise to be doing all you can to avoid surgery and it sounds as if you are healing alot on your own.. this does happpen.. as long as you are being followed by your doctors, let them give you the guidance on the need for surgery.. use your judgement and go from there.. no one can predict what the body is going to do, we are all different.. good luck to you.. stop by anytime! and thank you for your service to our country!! Jenny :)
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