I posted a while back and can't find my original posting. I was experiencing new problems since my ACDF c5-6. Someone was spot on with the analysis that I was experiencing the "domino effect". I saw a new neuro who explained to me that there was a 20% chance of the disk above the original fusion collapsing and I was one of the 20% who experienced that. I had another ACDF two weeks ago. I am already back at work part time and getting around really well. A friend at GNC gave me a bottle of their Vitamin A, D & E cream and it is remarkable how well that has worked in reducing the scar on my neck.
I am recovering more quickly with this surgery. I have hardware and donor bone this time. Last time I elected to have a piece of bone removed from my hip. I suppose there are pros and cons to both but as far as early recovery goes, I would say this method has been much less physically stressful on me.
I have to agree with what I saw someone else posting though- fiber fiber fiber. My problems on the digestive side have trumped any pain issues I have had.
Question. I have a horse...yes...it was a horse that probably put me here to begin with...combined with degenerative disc disease. This horse is "gaited" and very gentle. A gaited horse does not trot so riding is smooth and easy whereas a quarter horse is a rather rough ride. Not to mention the temperament of a quarter horse is not to be trusted.
How long before one could get on a horse again without risking damage to the neck? I guess I will save this question for my doctor but I see him out there everyday...waiting at the gate...pining for an adventure...and I just want back in that saddle!
I do feel pretty good since this surgery. I don't want to have to volunteer for a new one anytime soon though. It was nine months since my last one and only about four months before new problems had developed. I am praying I get a longer stint this time.
I am no expert but am willing to share details of my recovery and symptoms if you guys want to IM me. It hasn't been nearly as bad as one would have suspected.