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Complications after c-3 to c-6 fusion

I'm new to this, but in December of 2011 I was serving as a marine in Okinawa when I was diagnosed with a severe epideral abscess that caused major spinal cord compression. The neurosurgeon performed a c4c5 corpectomy and used artificial bone graft to fuse from c3 to c6, stabilized with rods 8 screws and a plate it's been two years with a successful recovery, my main concern being only 22 years old is my passion of lifting after about a year of recovering I got back in the gym and things were great but I always have anxiety that I will rupture a disc since now three discs are gone, is it not true the upper and lower disc are under more pressure what is the likely hood of me rupturing these? I have a terrible fear of neck pain as the whole ordeal was a long painful and traumatic event for me, any suggestions and answers are greatly appreciated.


  • Does nobody have any info? Dang this world is cold.
  • Any surgeon will tell you that the disk above and below the fusion take more load. So the answer to your question is "YES"

    You should count your blessings. If you have recovered so you lift weights. The pain in my case never went away. So I still suffer from Head neck and shooting pain to my numb hands.

    You should stick with a good neck program and keep getting stronger.

    Our bodies are amazing things and can take a lot of abuse.

    David Henderson
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