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