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Considering C6 C7 ACDF

popisbabyppopisbaby Posts: 1
edited 02/11/2015 - 4:41 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi, I am a massage therapist by trade and have recently been diagnosed with a herniated disc at C6 C7 and aside from optional injections for treatment the alternative is surgery. This has started to affect my work, all of my work consists of upper body strength. This has not affected my strength but when it flares it is like I'm in an upper body brace, very painful and very debilitating until the inflammation subsides. I stay with a slight pull on the right side all the time and more poor muscles on that side of the neck and spine and between spine and shoulder blade stay dysfunctional. Can anyone give me their experience?? I'm honestly scared to death and am so nervous about potentially losing my career because I absolutely love what I do!! I am 44 years old and otherwise strong with no other physical issues...


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
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  • How were you diagnosed? Is the disc pressing on the spinal cord? How long have you had it?
    I had a 3 level fusion 9 weeks ago, and I wouldn't wish this surgery on a massage therapist, that's for sure. You'd be out of work 6-12 weeks would be my bet. If it's necessary, then it is...and make sure you get 2-3 opinions to confirm that. If it's not, really try hard to go conservatively - look around here - but absolutely not a chiropractor.

    ACDF w/Corpectomy C3-6 12/8/14 ; Laminectomy C3-6  5/19/2016

  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    The surgery is surprisingly easy for the patient. Minimal post op pain as they don't dissect muscles. And can provide some immediate relief!
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
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