I myself am a broken neck survivor - Unstable Hangmans fracture of the C2 which was treated with halo traction (and 4 years of rehab lol). Lucky enough to never had faced fusion myself and healed naturally. Live in chronic pain yadda yadda, but doing very well and manage it well also.
I am currently trying to support a women who found my blog website that I wrote during the first 2 years of my rehab. She is in Finland, I am in New Zealand.
She broke her C5 and C6 and was treated with just a cervical collar for 3 months. 6 months on she has now had further scans and the doctors have told her she needs fusion of the C1 and C2 as they are pressing on her spinal chord.
Yup - hearing that last part scared the hell out of me.
Question is, can anyone share a success story of this kind of fusion that I can share with her? She is threatening to end her life now as she doesn't want the surgery - says she will never be able to move her head again or ride horses. Pretty sure there have been people out there who HAVE gotten back to some of the things they love (like riding horses) after fusion. I know the docs always tell us we will never be able to do things again. But hey, if I had listened to that I would never have climbed back on my motorbike again or taken up long distance road cycling.
Needing some advice as she doesn't seem to have much of a support network in the broken neck world - and I know I can help her pull through from afar. We have all been there, wanted to end my pain too. But she can't see past it like we can't at the time. I know this is a terrifying surgery, know you read so much online of people wishing they hadn't had it. But how about some of the positive stories huh?
Thanks heaps everyone - Katie-Jane Bowen, New Zealand