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C4-C7 Anterior and Posterior Fusion Candidate - Ft Lauderdale

flnetman62fflnetman62 Posts: 4
edited 08/29/2015 - 10:49 PM in New Member Introductions
Afternoon - new to the forums, thank you for all the support you provide. Here is some information about me, and my issues:

Always identify what your current problem is: rollover car accident in 2001, dessicated and hernatied discs in C5-C7, now diagnosed with issues at C4. Pain radiating down to left shoulder, used to recur about once every 2-3 years (last year t felt like tennis elbow). Started working out this year, and have been in pain since January (yep, this is what heppens when you try to get healthy!).

How long have you been dealing with it: This time, 8 months . Though i had a rottor cuff issue, finally got a good doctor that said it was from the neck. Took 3x to an MRI...was in so much pain I could not lie down flat on shoulder blade. Went to ER and got shot of dilaudid and toridal, finally able to get an open MRI. Went to see Dr on Friday....this is the first time my left arm was weak, could not push or pull Dr arm and hands back, or resist him.

What doctors have you visited (ie type - Primary Care, Spine Specialist, etc) :Orthopedic surgeons, sports medicain, PT,

What diagnostic test have you had and what are the results: desicated and herniated discks c4-C7, down to 7mm gap in in C5/C6 (8mm in 2011)

What medications are you currently on: None that are really effective. Hydrocodon 10/325, meloxicam15mg, Tiznadine 4mg (only one that makes me sleepy)

What treatments have you had so far? Conservative or Aggressive?: 2 epiduras that have not worked. Prednisone. PR

What are the recommendations/action plan from your doctor(s): Lobotomy (oops that was recommendation from my ex). C4-C7 anterior fusion, or anterior and posterior at same time due to risk of non fusion with multilevel surgery.

Have you had previous spinal surgery? If so, identify when , what and the results: No

Any other information that can help the rest of this site understand your situation: Scared. Financially we should be OK, max $1,000 our of pocket on insurance, have STD and LTD at work, plus personal LTD policy and long term care policy for home health care. Am 6'1, 275 (overweight), normal blood presure, do not have diabetes - beside weight only issue is high cholesterol and triglycerides.

Thank you for any advice you have
Ft Lauderdale FL
C4-C7 Anterior and Posterior Fusion Candidate


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
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  • Cervical artrithriic stenosis with spinal cord impingement. No choice about surgery if not done paralasi. C3-C7!the whole works posterior. I wish the would have done front and back for more stabilization of my neck kinda permanently forward.. 59 at surgery and I could not have PT. Weakness on left side that won't come back because the damage was before surgery. Had 4 different opinions. 3 same 1 ortho wanted my back done first. L5/S1 but was told that was 80 percent and chance of reherniation. Went with Neuro Surgeon. Have top notch facilities in the Chicaoland so got opinions from leading hospitals downtown. Meds before surgery gabapentin, vicodin diazepam . Great you have LTD and STD. I was in collar for 3 months 24 /7. Weaned out gently and then intense physical therapy. I never did return to work since an abundance of other issues not related to my neck. My doc told me upfront no work for at least 4 months. My hospital stay was 7 days but I have immune deficiency problem so I got pnemonia and kidney failure etc but pulled out of that with medication changes on so on. They wanted me in longer but I refused the longer hospital stay the more risk of infection for me. Nurse visited 3 x weekly for 2 weeks the 2 x weekly for 3 weeks. PT at home for 6 weeks. Came home with walker then weaned off. Probably more so for weakness. Followed up with NS for 18 months then released to PM but I was already seeing one for my back issues. Before surgery I read the thread about what you will need after surgery, a great list . I still sleep surrounded by many pillows. Hope that was helpful and good luck.
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