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Just wanted to talk to someone who understands

Had cervical fusion last December with a plate and 8 screws C-4 to C-7. The pain between my should blades and down my arms and the lightning strikes in my hands is gone. What remains is pain in my neck. Stiff neck, burning. I sometimes wonder if I made a mistake having the surgery. I am 9 months post op and I wonder...still I wonder. Reminds me of a song. Is there more healing that will happen? I know it will never be like it was before, but will I ever wake up not aware that I had surgery on my neck? I work so hard on my posture - to keep my neck straight. I just want to talk to someone who understands.


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  • Healing takes a long time after such an invasive surgery. Before I had the surgery, I wished that I would no longer have pain after surgery. Some people go on with their lives with no pain, while others get no relief. I think the most important part to remember is that your spine has been altered and be wise about what your limits are. You will have good and bad days. Stiffness is very common so heat and stretching can help. Remember to be good to yourself and take care of your spine.
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
  • Sorry Gwen but I hate to hear that since in 3 days I will be 12 weeks post op from C3 to C7 and I am so looking forward to getting weaned off this collar. Did you wear a hard collar? Did you have to do physical therapy? I'm wondering about this and I bet the therapist has a lot to do for the proper methods. I am going off site from where my surgeon is and I sure hope I'm doing thing. I know it's supposed to be a long road and you should of seen me this morning, I had a hissy fit and took the damn thing off and threw it on the ground because I'm tired of it. Oh boy I see I'm going to have to be very patient . This website will be so good for you, explore and you will get a lot of support from all of us. PM me anytime since I do thing that it helps to find someone in similar situations.

  • Gwen and Vicki
    I have been doing this some seven years now. I found a pool class in warm water 92 degrees average. A hour in the pool twice a week with a program from the arthritis asc. Is great.
    Reduces pain, helps build strength and is only around thirty five dollars every six weeks which is three dollars each trip. Very cheap and great therapy. My range of motion has improved a lot also.

    Worth a try
  • I am in the same boat as you. I had acdf surgery in April c4-c6. All my nerve pain is gone but still have severe neck pain. It has not gotten any better but worse since the surgery. My neurosurgeon acts like I am not really having any pain. I am going Monday to a different doctor. Hopefully she can help me. I am getting depressed because I cannot do the things I used to be able to do with my children. Actually it is hard to do anything that requires any kind of movement in my neck. I definitely understand what you are going through and how hard it is to deal with. If you ever need anyone to talk to I'm here.
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