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New - still can't walk well after ACDF surgery, permanent damage?

I had ACDF surgery in August. I had been diagnosed with cervical myelopathy. A bulging disk between C5-6 was pressing against my spinal cord. I had severe muscle weakness in my feet and legs, very little balance, weakness in left arm and hand, pain in neck and between shoulder blades, my feet would drag and toes would bend under, muscle cramps and spasms, and had fallen several times and injured my knees. After the surgery most of the neck pain gradually went away but still have a lot of pain between and below my shoulder blades. Still have all the other physical symptoms plus now I have weakness also in my right arm and hand. I use a cane in the house and a walker when I go out. I am working but have limited duties. I am driving but have extreme difficulty getting out of the car or from any seated position. I have no stamina. I go to physical therapy twice a week. Everyone tells me to be patient but have no real answers for me and no one can answer why my "good arm/hand" is now affected. I'm discouraged and more than a little scared.
Barbara Roberts


  • hi and welcome to the fourum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am sorry you are having such difficulities after surgery!! no wonder you are scared and upset!! when was the last time you spoke to your surgeon?? perhaps you need to have a change in your physical therapy approach or need further attention from a doctor.. maybe even a pain specialist would be of benefit to you!! anytime you are feeling upset and need to talk, drop into the forum!! there is always a spiney around!! good luck to you!! stop by anytime! Jenny
  • Last saw the surgeon a little less than a month ago. Had xrays that day and he said bones weren't fused but showed signs of fusing. He said oh when are you getting rid of the walker and i said when my balance comes back and I can walk without falling. He was totally uninterested in the details or my worries and made me a 6 month appointment to see him and get xrays again. When I recently went to my regular doctor to renew my prescriptions she said she wasn't treating anything that had to do with the surgery. She prescribed med for restless legs which keeps me awake at night. After the first week on that med I stopped because it made me so nauseous and dizzy I would throw up and made me hurt all over like I had the flu. Called her back and she said keep taking but take every other day. At a follow-up with my doctor from the rehabilitation hospital, he said not to take the new med, would aggravate my other symptoms caused by the myelopathy. He said more therapy but I can't afford to add an extra day or drive the distance to the other town where it's at. He said it may take several months to get the use of my legs and arms/hands back.
    Barbara Roberts
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