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Newbie from GA having anACDF

trbleshterttrbleshter Posts: 7
edited 11/19/2013 - 8:59 AM in New Member Introductions
Good afternoon everyone.

I'm having a one level ACDF done this Friday C-4/C-5.

ANY ADVICE WOULD be appreciated. Especially for the nerves.

Thanks in advance for the insight and all the best,

Level - One & Done


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  • trbleshter said:
    Good afternoon everyone.

    I'm having a one level ACDF done this Friday C-4/C-5.

    ANY ADVICE WOULD be appreciated. Especially for the nerves.

    Thanks in advance for the insight and all the best,

    Hi there just read your post. Im waiting to see a neurosurgeon mself for surgery so dont have any advice but I certainly hope your surgery went wel and you are on the bright road to recovery!
  • trbleshterttrbleshter Posts: 7
    edited 11/24/2013 - 5:48 AM
    Surgery completed in less than three hours on 11/22. My doctor is a real professional who knows his craft. I thank God for him his staff and the entire staff of professionals that cared for me while at the hospital.

    Post edited by Liz (moderator) to remove health care facility name.

    Level - One & Done
  • I'm in North GA, close to Chattanooga. Are u any where near here?

    I haven't had any surgery yet...
  • I'm from Georgia :) My advice... eat the pecan pie. Happy Thanksgiving! Glad your surgery went well.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • trbleshterttrbleshter Posts: 7
    edited 12/01/2013 - 4:36 PM
    I feel so good a week and a day after Acdf c4-5 I can't believe it. What is the absolute worst thing I can do right about now to hurt my recovery process. Any info will help. I do however feel as if I've got a huge lump in my throat. I understand this is normal and may last a few weeks.
    Level - One & Done
  • We'll folks, I'm almost a month out from my surgery and feeling relatively good. In spite of the fact that I fell down a flight of stairs on 12/03. Good thing I had my collar on. My GP seems to think I may have loosened some hardware. Im disinclined to agree. I have general discomfort I attribute to healing. Still a little difficult to swallow and my neck is always sore. No where near the pain level I was before the surgery in terms of discomfort. All in all so far I'm better. I am a little concerned. About this new dull pain in my neck that's always there . Any insights???
    Level - One & Done
  • ? I would b freaking out.!!! Hope you didn't hurt anything. Glad you are feeling better.
  • trbleshterttrbleshter Posts: 7
    edited 12/16/2013 - 7:33 AM
    For a couple of days I did "Freak out". I am a little concerned about this constant "new pain" that get worse the longer I sit.
    I'll just keep monitoring my pain. I guess I should keep a pain log too.
    Level - One & Done
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