I have a C5/6 ADR (Prodisc C). My surgery was June 2010 and I have mixed emotions about it. My neurosurgeon told me I would be able to go back to living a normal life, playing softball, driving dump truck for a living (the cause of my need for ADR), etc. After being off work for a year due to recovery time and lay off, I finally found another dump trucking job. By the 2nd night of driving an old Kenworth with a worn out seat that didn't adjust anymore (my spine was literally being pounded with every bump I hit, as the seat had no air ride), pulling a side dump trailer over VERY rough terrain hauling boulders the size of a Volkswagen, I was almost in tears for the last 4 hours of a 12 hour shift. I thought maybe I was sore from just getting back to work after being off for a year and a half. I stuck it out for a total of 5 days before I had to quit due to neck and back pain. I've been in pain ever since. Prior to going back to work, I had no arm pain anymore, my shoulders and neck only hurt if I had overdone it now and then. Now the arm pain is back, arm is going numb, interrupted sleep, can't sit or stand for too long, etc.
I saw my doctor two weeks ago and am going back tomorrow morning to see where we should go from here. I'll be honest, I'm a little scared, but I need to find out what is going on.
I have been searching for information regarding long term Prodisc C successes, failures, stories, anything, and consequently, I've found nothing. If anyone wants to share their experiences with the Prodisc C, I would appreciate hearing your story. It's been a rollercoaster ride for me, without a doubt! I thought I had made the right decision, but now I'm not so sure...