I'm a newbie but have been reading this for m for a few months... I'm a 33 yr old male who had a ACDF iOf C6-C7 on 1/2013 after trying physical therapy and 3 rounds of ESIs. I was diagnosed with DDD back in 2004 with no real complications other than your average back ache, or what I thought average was, took ibuprofen and continued on about my life. The ACDF OF C6-C7 was from a disc that herniated while stretching getting out of bed..... Surgery went great no issues, back at work in 3 weeks... Sept of 2015 up off a stool and was with blinding, shooting pain in both legs. Went to PCP she sent me for MRI. Results disc space was collapsed due to DDD and some facet arthritis. 3 rounds or ESIs and NSAiIDS and some pain meds later still In a tremendous amount amount pain. Neurosurgeon does mylegram which reveals that the disc between L5-S1 is basically gone...
ALIIF of L5-S1 3/18/2015 now I just had an emergency ACDF of C5-C6 due having to be admitted to hospital for pain control..... What if any complications am I looking at with a multiple level fusion... Scared depressed and wondering what insight y'all have... Thanks in advance !
ACDF C6-C7 1/2013
ALIF L5-S1 3/2015
ACDF C5-C6 7/2015
Diagnosed DDD and Facet Arthritis
33yr old male