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New Member - not a lurker anymore

Hello everyone.

My name is Chuck and I am 68 years old.

I have been battling neck problems for more than 20 years and up until 6 months ago traction and other means had been sufficient to keep things going.

Then I started having more neck/shoulder pain with numbness in my left hand and arm that would not respond to treatment.

I had a x-ray followed by an MRI showing significant decompression C4-C7 and moderate spondylosis and narrowing of the canal C4-C7.

My surgeon was highly recommended and has done over 1000 ACDF surgeries. Consequently, I went ahead and scheduled surgery, which was successful on January 8th 2013.

I had C4-C7 ACDF.

Other than a sore throat for 3 days I have had very little pain but some spasms that were not too bad. I feel wonderful and all the pain and numbness are gone. It is unbelievable how much pain and tension I was putting up with in my neck and shoulder areas.

I am not taking pain medications except for a Tylenol here and there. I have the Oxy and the muscle relaxer if needed but so far they are staying in the bottle. I had total hip replacement 6 years ago and didn't have much pain then either. Don't know if I am different of what, but I am thankful.

This is a great site and I'll be checking in frequently as the healing process proceeds.

US Army Retired
Olympia WA


  • Welcome to spine health, glad to see you are not a lurker anymore. Congrats on being on the other side of surgery. Sounds like you are having a great recovery so far.
    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
  • Welcome Chuck.

    Good start mate.

    Make sure you give us regular updates, now that your lurker-less. ;)

    Take care.
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