Just wondering for you folks that have had my luck of continuing to pop discs, wanted to ask a few questions about my upcoming March surgery #6.
To refresh, I had C5/6 fused and two months later, had C4/5/6 done. Just my luck and that surgeon wouldn't admit it, but he put a screw into my C6/7 disc space. For months and months, he said there was nothing more he could do for me. So I left him and found a new surgeon, I wasn't fused at C4/5/6 at all and my grafts were sinking into my bones. So he added posterior hardware to hold it steady. That helped immensely but I've still continued to have shoulder blade pain like I've been beat with a 2x4. It's been almost a year and finally my fusion looks almost solid.
Now, this March, I'm going in to have another ACDF to take off the plate holding C4/5/6 and put one from C6/7. It's collapsed just about entirely and the disc doesn't show up much on the MRI I had. But at least it doesn't look like it's compressing my spinal cord. I just have nerve root pinching that needs to be addressed or I'm going to cut my arms off.
I want to know how much more stiffer will it feel to have C4/5/6/7 fused? I can hardly twist to drive a car now so how do you cope with driving after. Also, I'm guessing that it'll be hard to fuse that spot since it's my pivot point right now??