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Please help cervical fusion C5-7

StewardessSStewardess Posts: 1
edited 02/16/2014 - 3:43 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I'm a flight attendant for a well know carrier. Aside from
Being thrown in turbulence a year ago and them doing nothing more but getting me some massages and physical therapy it got worse. Im fighting w them to re open my workers comp case......that aside here's my fear.
I was diagnosed w 2 herniated discs and one missing disc, severe spinal compression myelopathic, radicuopathy and DDD. Found this out last week and they already want me to have surgery on the 24th because they said there's a bone spur next to my spinal column that could sever it.
I'm still out there busting my butt. My question is how long will it take before I can go back to work with no restrictions on activities such as pushing pulling moving things and have to lift. I have to be able to lift at least 50 pounds to be considered qualified for the position. I'm a single mom to 5 I can't be out long. Is this something that can be ignored and I can deal with any year from now? I know it sounds stupid but I'm in no position to not be getting a paycheck and fighting the company for workers comp is killing me right now. Any of you who have a job that requires manual labor and lifting how long did it take for you to go back?


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  • susabellssusabell Posts: 238
    edited 02/17/2014 - 9:02 AM
    I would be concerned about the bone spur that is near your spine. I've had 2 neck surgeries and we are all different when it comes to healing. Also depends on the surgeons skills. Please keep us posted as this is a superb site for information Good Luck to you and I hope you find some pain relief sooner than later. Spine pain can be debilitating.
    ACDF C4-C7 5/13/2010. Synthetic Bone Graft Failed Fusion.
    PCF C4-C7 8/13/13. Rods and Screws Fused in 3 Months with Autograft.
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  • Tired of the painTTired of the pain Posts: 197
    edited 02/18/2014 - 2:42 PM
    Surgery is no magic bullet. I had the same surgery in Jan 2011. Removed the disks c5/6 and c6/7, replaced with cadaver bone and plates and screws, fusion of the two levels. The fusion was a success, but the surgery failed. Two years later I am still dealing with pain. chronic terrible pain radiating down my left arm and my right shoulder. I cannot lift more than 5-10 lbs. I still search for answers. One mistake was not having an EMG. If they had done that before I would have known that I had permanent nerve damage at the root at C6/7. So although the surgery was successful, the pain continues. I have known people who have had great results and been back to work within 6 weeks, but I don't think you will be lifting 50 lbs. that is actually how I blew my disks out. My suggestion, make sure you have an EMG
  • I can't believe you are doing it now. As "Tired of Pain" said, surgery is no magic bullet and the time you are out is all up to how quickly you can recover. They made me go thru so much before finally allowing me to have my first surgery. Chiro, injections, meds, PT.... Just made everything worse. I will never be pain free. I have been living with this for 8 years already and after 4 surgeries, I still live in pain. If the doctor says you must have the surgery, I highly recommend you do. You do not want permanent nerve damage. I woke up from one surgery and was unable to move or use my right hand at all. That can happen to you! Luckily they were able to go back in and fix it. You probably should contact a lawyer if your company is giving you problems with this. Good luck on the 24th. Think positive!
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,841
    edited 02/19/2014 - 8:52 AM
    But as far as post surgery.

    Cervical surgeries generally have less restrictions and limitations than lumbar does. But 50lbs is way over any comprehensible weight for cervical, thoracic, lumbar or any spinal surgery.

    You can return to many of your duties, but not as if you did not have any surgery. Spinal surgery of any kind is a critical operations, especially when the spinal nerve root/canal is involved.

    So I guess to answer you question about that weight requirement - never.

    But, we are not doctors here, we have based our responses on our own personal experiences. Talk this over with your doctor, ask them about that weight requirement, see what they have to say.

    I have had multiple cervical ACDF surgeries as well as multiple lumbar surgeries. My max weight has been set at 40lbs, and that is pushing it. My doctors and therapists would always like to see that max at 30llbs

    For the first 6 months after surgery, that limit was 20lbs.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
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