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SaddleSSaddle Posts: 9
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hey People:

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.



  • Your doctor is the only one to answer that question, but I'd say it's too soon. You don't want to risk any damage. You can still take care of the horse, pay attention to it.

    I'm glad you are feeling good.

    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
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