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midgeikammidgeika Posts: 2
edited 09/28/2015 - 2:33 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi, I'm scheduled for acdf C-5-7 surgery this wednesday the 30th. I've been nervous but also hopeful to be out of pain and without symptoms. But after stopping my celebrex, gabapentin and muscle relaxers, I realize that all my other arthritis and fibromyalgia pain will not be gone. Its really brought me down and now I'm worrying about not recovering from surgery well and it actually stirring things up. I've read a couple posts that suggest surgery might help. Has anyone experienced improvement with decompression that comes with acdf surgery.
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  • Yesterday morning I had a 3 level acdf with instrumentation for ridiculopathy, mylopathy and degeneration. They also straightened my cervical spine area and removed bone spurs..one of which had pierced the outer lining of my spinal cord. I had surgery at 8:20 am and was home by 12:30 pm. My surgeon is the best of the bestimated in my area. I only wear a soft collar when riding in the car. I can slowly bend my neck and head as long as it does not hurt. Last night was rough because I was freaked out about being allowed to sleep in my bed on my back and side with no collar! Pain is being managed okay. I ice my neck 20 minutes every hour. I am eating normally although not very hungry. So far I am very pleased with the surgery and only wish I had done it sooner because of the bone spur piercing my spinal cord lining. Scary!! I was terrified going into the surgery but am glad I did it. Good luck with your surgery!!!
  • All the best for tomorrow - please keep us posted :)
    Kirsti x
  • Hi all, thanks for well wishes. Well I'm 5 days into recovery and just now feeling like getting on the computer. It was pretty rough after surgery, had to stay an extra day in the hospital to get the vomiting and pain under control. I have it in good control now but I just don't feel well. i kinda feel feverish but no fever, achey all over, stomach a little unsettled. I'm sure this will get better but just wondered if this was normal after surgery and if anyone else had this experience?
  • I did have that feeling after both my hip and my discectomy surgeries. I am not sure why, but I think it had to do with the anesthesia and it's overall effect on the body. It did go away. Both times I thought "Oh No, I'm getting a cold" but then I felt better. Best wishes for your continued healing.
  • lorijo3llorijo3 Posts: 112
    edited 10/07/2015 - 3:00 AM
    I am now 9 days out from my 3 level acdf C4-7 and I had my first muscle spasms last night...left shoulder mostly. Has your pain been from spasms or from general surgery related pain? I also had that feverish unwell feeling in the days after the surgery. I would ask my husband to check me for fever but I never had one. My eating habits have changed and I am hardly hungry for anything anymore. Things I loved before I cannot even think about now! Have you noticed this at all?
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