I had ACDF surgery on 9/2/2011. They did three level (c4-c7)with allografts, titanium plate and 15 screws. (That seems like alot.) This was an urgent surgery scheduled less than 2 weeks after diagnosis due to increased myelopathy.
I was diagnosed with herniated discs and lumbar stenosis about 7 years ago. A year and a half ago I started having sudden leg weakness, stumbling and falling. I thought it was due to the lumbar stenosis. I went to my Family Physician twice after severe falls where she x-rayed my legs for injuries. Symptoms worsened in January. After falling twice at work, I lost my job. Unable to step up curbs, unable to climb steps any longer, walking very slowly, can only walk with cart for 10 minutes max, feel disoriented, fear of falling increased, legs feel so heavy,spastic movement in right foot noted, start holding furniture and walls to walk. Dr. sent me to PT. Treated for lumbar stenosis with lumbar traction which caused neck pain. PT sent back to doctor for eval. Lumbar MRI ordered & showed spinal compression in 3 areas.
Urgent Neurosurgeon referral per Dr. and Radiologist. Saw Neuro 3 days later, Neurosurgeon stated symptoms were cervical and not lumbar. Had cervical MRI that day. Neuro ordered a gait eval then Rx'd walker.Cord compression at 3 areas in cervical spine, immed. surgery scheduled.
NS looked disappointed after asking if my walking was improved in the hospital. I told him I still had hope. Had 1st post op visit on Tuesday. NS mostly discussed my pain problems from going off Celebrex. (Taking Celebrex since Vioxx removed. Stop Celebrex week before surgery, horrible aches started week after surgery.)Then he ordered PT for gait training. Do other people have PT this soon? I have to wear hard collar 24/7 for 12 weeks and cannot drive.
Would love to hear input on myelopathy.