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4 level cervical spine fusion

barlow1654bbarlow1654 Posts: 1
edited 01/26/2015 - 6:02 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
I am Teresa, my husband had cervical spine fusion 2 yrs ago in may.
he was an active hardworking 50 yo man. after the surgery he is now always in pain, depressed, out of work, denied for ss benefits twice
.I would like to know how many people undergo that many fusions at once and how do you get back to being a human being again?
we are trying to locate a doctor to help us with the pain and possible additional problems of having DDD. The MD that did the surgery has released him from his care, "if your walking and talking I have done all I can for you" is his statement.
We live in Florida and would appreciate any advice or help. I am new to this so I am not sure how much of our 2 yr saga I should put out there.

looking forward to help,
Thanks Teresa :)


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  • Teresa,
    It is really sad about his issues. Pain can make a sane person crazy as many here will understand. I had a 2 level cervical and 4 level lumbar fusion within the last 2 years and I'm 49. It's a daily fight to keep focused and navigate around the pain that resides. Walking often seems to help, finding a hobby helps too. It is a daily fight to stay away from pain medication but many days it's the only option. Unlike your husband, my doctor has recommended an additional surgery but I just can't wrap my head around another. My doctor prescribed Lidocaine patches and, although expensive, they help tremendously and I don't have the pain meds flowing. They are a bit expensive though. I come from being very active to being in this place. It's difficult to accept this as my new norm and I often find myself trying to get back to my previous self even through the pain. I understand his issues but can only say that he will need to find his new level and start incorporating activities into it. I haven't tried SS Disability as I fight to stay employed as part of my new sanity. I wish I could give you words of wisdom on that. I wish you the best.
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