Another Question about Fusion
I've already posted a few weeks back about the fact that I've broken another vertebra - T-1 and with that fracture it brought down an existing fusion of T2-4. We aren't sure what to do and my doc has asked me to wait a bit (until early October) to see if the pain goes away and perhaps that would allow me to go on with my life without another fusion. Unfortunately the pain is getting worse and because of the pain I'm holding myself in strange positions thus causing new pains in other parts of my back. If the surgeon decides to fuse he has already told me it will be a T4-C-4 fusion.
I would like to hear from anyone who has a fusion that involves their C4-T1 vertebra. I'm mostly interested in how much pain they were left with after the post-surgical period was over and how RESTRICTED their neck movements were after the fusion. By this I mean, can you describe if you could turn your head, if so, how far...could you look over your shoulder when driving and get your head far enough around to see oncoming traffic? Anything else you might want to add that would help me understand what I'm getting myself into if I do get the fusion. Any thoughts? Thanks so much everybody!