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8 DAYS POST-OP C3/C4 ACDF

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  • Cindee,
    Thank you so much! I travel as part of my job. I am hoping for at least one more week home after Dr visit on Fri. I just can't see me tryinig to drive any time soon. They used skin glue over my sutures. That still hasn't come off-and I am not supposed to scrub it off. My neck and shoulder are really hurting now. I am hoping I haven't messed anything up by trying to do to much to soon. I feel better after reading other posts on this site.

    Annette
  • My doctor actually let me drive one week out. It was an emergency trip to the store and back. Just a few blocks and not to bad. Last surgery it was 2 weeks so I'm not sure why he changed the rules this time. Actually I think I only drove a total of 3 times in the first 4 weeks.

    When you start hurting you need to stop what your doing and rest a bit to get it to ease off.

    I had disolving stitches and tape over my incision. The sticky stuff was terrible. After my check up at about 4 weeks my doctor told me to use nail polish remover to get it off. I was shocked! I used alcohol instead. You probably need to wait on this one!

    Cindee
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  • All you recent cervical surgery folks....LOL

    You also need to realize that they have just cut into your neck, moved all of your muscles and other stuff about, scraped your discs out and screwed hardware in. Part of the pain you're going to feel for quite awhile is plain ol inflammation! Since we're not allowed to take NSAID's there is no easy way to get over the internal swelling except good ol time. The inflammation can also push on nerves causing other parts of you to hurt as well.

    That being said if you feel that something isn't right you need to put in a call to your doc- I always prefer to talk to the nurse, they seem to know more helpful hints about aftercare.

    Not overdoing it is essential. It's easy to have a good day and feel like you can run the vacuum or mop the floor but trust me, stick to the limitations the doctor gave you. Don't lift more than you are allowed. Remember to walk! This promotes healing like you wouldn't believe.

    Hang in there. It goes faster than you think and all of you will wonder, after you're back to the drudgery of work, why you didn't sit back and watch more movies or read more books rather than worry about how dirty the floors were LOL!

    Good luck to all of you and please feel free to ask any questions. I've done this a time or two.

    Griff
  • Griff, I completely agree with everything you just said.

    It is so hard to slow down and let your body heal, but it is really important to do so. Griff has just given wonderful advice, and she speaks from her own experiences. I give a ditto to everything she said.

    Cindy
    griff said:
    All you recent cervical surgery folks....LOL

    You also need to realize that they have just cut into your neck, moved all of your muscles and other stuff about, scraped your discs out and screwed hardware in. Part of the pain you're going to feel for quite awhile is plain ol inflammation! Since we're not allowed to take NSAID's there is no easy way to get over the internal swelling except good ol time. The inflammation can also push on nerves causing other parts of you to hurt as well.

    That being said if you feel that something isn't right you need to put in a call to your doc- I always prefer to talk to the nurse, they seem to know more helpful hints about aftercare.

    Not overdoing it is essential. It's easy to have a good day and feel like you can run the vacuum or mop the floor but trust me, stick to the limitations the doctor gave you. Don't lift more than you are allowed. Remember to walk! This promotes healing like you wouldn't believe.

    Hang in there. It goes faster than you think and all of you will wonder, after you're back to the drudgery of work, why you didn't sit back and watch more movies or read more books rather than worry about how dirty the floors were LOL!

    Good luck to all of you and please feel free to ask any questions. I've done this a time or two.

    Griff
    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
  • I underwent ACDF C4-C7 fusion in October 2007. I was in a car accident in June 2008. The accident caused the fusion that was not fully healed to fracture and chip off and dislodge into the spinal cord. I had to have another surgery (posterior fusion with internal fixation) in November 2008. I lost my job right before my second surgery (they didn't want to pay me for time off again)so I just took the time to recover slowly. It was working until I started working again in January. I am now going through pool exercise classes as well as physical therapy (which I work in the PT office, so that makes it easier). I am still very sore and achy every day. I take 1/2 a vicodin every night and Advil during the day and muscle relaxers two times a day. I am so tired of meds!! Has anyone else gone through the internal fixation???
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  • Griff,
    I agree completely!

    Suebedoo,
    I haven't had an' internal fixation myself. You may want to start a new thread for more input on your question.

    Several of us have started asking and answering questions on Mitch's Thread.

    For more input it would be a good idea to start a fresh thread!

    Thanks,
    Cindee
  • Great advice, Griff! I attribute my recovery to taking it very easy afterwards and not trying to do too much. (That and having a very talented surgeon) I didn't let anyone else (including myself) force me into doing anything stupid. I definitely leaned towards the cautious side...I just spent $30,000 and didn't want that to go to waste. My boss was even threatening to call my doctor to see if it was true that I couldn't lift more than 10 pounds, but I never gave in!

    I was also in more pain immediately post-op than before, but like Griff said, we've all just had our muscles and tendons stretch all over and our vertebrae spread open and drilled into! Inflammation without being able to take NSAIDS isn't fun, but it really does get better!!!
  • I am being suggested to have this surgery on my c3 & c4. This is from a car crash on 8/26/11. I had a couple days of total peralasis. After that I have been progressing daily. Now I walk and use both hands well. My right is much stronger and all around better than my left hand. I have occational numbness in my right hand. I have been to PT they graduated me & the same for OCT. Both with things for me to keep working on to continue my recoervery. I have NO Pain & not on any meds for 3 weeks. Can anyone tell me if the surgery is still a needed procedure I think not. Hopefully that's the right choice. The surgery is to help if I'm in another accident or fall would happen. The next time could be unfixable.
  • Hi all - I had a 3 Level ACDF in January of 2013 (c4-c5, c5-c6, c6-c7) and have 2 more to endure soon (c2-c3, c3-c4). The original pain and electric shocks running down my left arm subsided quickly, but I still have the numbness in both hands and fingertips. I also starting getting new pain and numbness in my left shoulder and arm, and a zinging through my left cheek (face). My original issues started in December of 1998 so I am not fully confident that the numbness will ever go away (I think I waited too long). I am happy I had the surgery as I am fairly confident that things will not get worse. I had another MRI and X-Rays to see if I do indeed have to have another ACDF or will be treated more conservatively.

    Thank you,
    Steve
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