My name is Sherry and I am a 47 year old lady who just recently had spine surgery.
A little about me. I feel my problems started for me at age 17 when my family and I were involved in a 27 motor vehicle accident during a snowstorm in Dec 1984. I remember having severe neck pain for at least a week afterwards but because of circumstances never saw a doctor about it.
In my early 30's I finally had my first xray and cervical DDD was diagnosed. In those early years I had several pain blocks, and dealt with the pain using anti-inflammatories, Tylenol, etc. Two years ago I started having significant arm pain after a sitting in a truck on a long road trip. After several xray's a CT and an MRI I was diagnosed with nerve impingement caused by 2 herniated disc's at C6-7 and C7-T1. The muscle weakness I have found has been the most difficult thing for me to deal with as I can't hold things well with my left hand and I get constant muscle spasms.
So I saw a neurosurgeon last October who gave me three options. 1. Do nothing 2. Two level fusion or 3. Two level disc replacement. So I decided that at my age that I wanted to try to keep my mobility in my neck and after much research I decided on the ADR on the two levels.
I was sooo nervous about the procedure which happened on June 11/2015. Upon waking from the anesthetic in the recovery room my NS told me that was able to do the ADR in C6-7 but ended up having to do a ACDF on C7-T1 due to lack of disc space in this area. I was a little disappointed that I ended up with a fusion as I wanted to keep my mobility in my neck but I also know it was the only option.
I am just under 2 weeks post-op and I feel like I am doing great! I have been going on 3-5km walks daily since 7 days post-op, and have recently been doing some baking and light cooking etc. I plan to go back to work in 2 weeks, I think I can manage it as I have a desk job I just can't do any bending or reaching yet.
That's about it I think
27 vehicle accident in 1984 at age 17 caused neck injury
C6-7/C7-T1 Disc herniation's diagnosed 2013
Surgery June 11/2015 Artificial Disc Replacement C6-7 & ACDF C7-T1