Though I am not new to cervical fusions, I am new to posting on this site. In 2006, I had a ACDF from C4-C7 and in 2011, I had to have another from C4 to T1. I was doing really well with occasional arm/hand pain/neck pain, but I had stopped taking all medications and working almost 50 hours a week.
Well, this last October, my family and I were stopped at a stoplight and rearended around 35-40 mph and sandwiched in between 2 trucks. No good! Thank goodness we were in my husband's "tank" and my family was not injured too bad, except for me. Since the accident, I have had migraines, bilateral upper extremity radiculopathy and neck and back pain. I have been going to a chiroprator and having 1-2 weekly massages, along with biofreeze, TENS unit, stretching etc........
Last week, I finally went back to see my surgeon and he told me that he thought I needed to have C3 fused now and he wanted to go in anteriorly and posteriorly with a rod placement. This scares me. Even though I work in the health care industry, I have seen alot! I am having an epidural done, but I know I am just postponing the inevitable.
What I am looking for is if anyone else on this site has endured this surgery and the results. I know that I will loose more lateral range of motion, but I am worried about driving, pain afterwards, etc.