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What a place this is - hope to learn a lot here!

Since my accident and surgeries I have been frustrated there was no place (like a meeting) where you could meet others and share experiences and wisdom about this stuff .... so I'm grateful I found this.

I have only two posts which are centered around recovery from ( C-3,4 and 5,6) respectively. It was never pain as much as being effectively disabled before surgery. Now two surgeries latter Im better but still struggling and fearful that i've plateaued at a level that I'm not at all satisfied with. Anyway, maybe being here I can figure out things a bit.

I met a couple of people who had pretty much the exact same surgeries and they both did outstanding! I feel like they got back to about 95% functionality - It depends on the day but I feel like 65%-75% maybe 80% on a rare day.

I simply don't know what to expect and hope reading other people's stories might help me get some perspective on my own.

C Moore


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,875
    will vary from person to person and from what type of cervical surgery they had.

    I have ACDFs for C4/C5, C5/C6, C6/C7 with titanium plates and screws to hold everything together. The last one was done in 2000

    I have found that the long term aspects of ACDFs to be very positive. Now, so much depends on the patient. After the surgeon does their part , its then up to you, the patient to do the hard work.

    • - How much Physical Therapy
      - Continue to do Neck exercises at home after the surgery and then
      - Adhering to all the limitations and restrictions that your doctor gave you
      - Was a collar used after surgery? If so, hard or soft? and for how long?
      - etc
    I have done well with my cervical surgeries. To date, my biggest problem is range of motion , right to left. I am stuck in about 75% movement to my left and about 85% to my right. This does make it difficult driving. I need an over sized mirror.

    But I rarely have any pain. If I overdo something, I might get some discomfort for a while, and if I spend too much time on the computer, that hurt.

    Do everything that you are told to do and you should have a much greater turn in enjoying almost everything pain free.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • I had PT but we sold a house and moved at a time when I should NOT likely have done so.

    Pain is not as much of an issue as:

    - Tightness, numbness in arms and hands. I can type but could not pass an employment typing test anymore.
    - Balance and coordination generally
    - Heavy feeling in the legs
    - Inability to walk at a brisk pace
    - Deterioration in fine motor skills (such as handwriting or buttoning a shirt)

    These were all worse before surgery but are far from gone after. Ive lost free-lance work do to concerns that I can't perform and liability of course.

    I guess the way to put it is this. What I gained with two surgeries and two years is, I can walk without a cane and work buttons on my clothes as along as Im in no hurry. But other then that, the surgeries have stabilized issues in the spine, but the amount of recovery from Symptoms of Cervical myelopathy that others talk about has not been my experience to date.
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