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ACDF Recovery

CRASH21CCRASH21 Posts: 139
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi All. Well, I am checking back in again. Had 2 level ACDF on 9/10. The first night in hospital was tough with vomiting and discomfort (not pain). Pain was taken care of. The first day home was pretty good and than I crashed. Lots of nausea. Can't get comfortable. Brace is clostrophobic. On the other hand, I have tons of help and compassion. So, I certainly can't complain about that.I just want to feel "normal" again. I think that even though I read so many threads, I just assumed that since I usually bounce back from everything so easy and am rarely sick, that this would not be as difficult for me. Well, I have learned that I am not "special" when it comes to spine surgery. Well, I think I am on the long road to recovery and am still trying to keep positive.


  • Glad to see you home. I am sorry for the nausea. I never went through that. I know what it's like wanting to feel normal again. Soon I hope!
    I wish you a short & succesful recovery. It sounds like you've got lots of support at home. That alone will make things easier.
    Take care!
  • that you've got a lot of supportive people around you. But I'm sorry to hear you've been so sick afterwards. Hopefully this is the worst of it and you'll get on the road to recovery very soon.
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  • Hi CRASH21,

    Welcome back. Glad your surgery was a success. Well done !
    Not to worry too much about getting sick. You will get well and be strong again.

    I was back to work last Wednesday and getting into the swing of things in office.

    Stay positive and all will be good for you.

    Cheers !
  • did they give you medicine for the nauseau? i KNOW i will get that, so i asked for nasueau medicine. there's a new kind you put under your tongue that works great.

    when you threw up did it hurt? i mean, cause of your sore throat and trouble swallowing? i'm scared of that. if i throw up will it get caught or cause infection. how was it for you?
  • I had C5-C6 ACDF on Monday, July 14, 2008. I was nauseous that night at the hospital, better the next three days, then was so nauseous Friday, July 18 that I didn't think I would make it. I'm not sure if mine was from the pain meds or the constipation following surgery, but once things started moving and I stopped the pain meds the nausea subsided.

    Just keep looking up and I'll keep you in my prayers!

    God Bless!
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  • Hey there,

    How are you feeling today! I hope your a bit better! I did have some nausia after I ate food when I had come home from the hospital. It was a good thing I had some anti-nausia meds around and I took those. I am not real sure if it was from just one thing...the meds the throat...etc. I think it was just a combo of everything.

    Crash if your still having the nausia today and you have not called your doc about it yet I would seriously consider it. You just might not know what could be the cause.

    Have you been able to keep food and water down? Pain meds down? We don't want you to get dehydrated or anything like that.
    You poor thing. I know this is tough! We are all here for you alright. Please PM me and we can chat. I will be hanging around the house all day relaxing.
    Sending you a soft and gentle ((((~~ >:D< ~~))))
  • Only fair that I post again. I am now 2 weeks post op. Yes, I did take some meds for nausea for a few days. I think that the meds from the hospital stay in your system for awhile.

    I have been trying to walk daily. It seems like one of the few things I am allowed to do. Sitting around is just not for me. It is really hard to remember not to reach up or bend down. I am a Mom and we do that quite often throughout our day. Big part of the job. Well, my kids and hubby are getting a better idea of what I do for them all of the time. I think my youngest actually enjoys helping me out.

    The collar is really annoying. I feel like I have a tight scarf on all day long. Still feel as if someone is pressing on my throat. Sleep? Well, you all know about that. I think I am on the road to recovery and hope that all these annoyances will pass too.

    For me, now I must begin to think about/plan when to have my lumbar surgery. I am thinking that I would just like to get this all over with ASAP and begin a new chapter in my life - pain free!!
  • that you are doing a little better and on the road to recovery. Already thinking about lumbar surgery--you are a brave one!

    How long do you have to wear the collar? Is it a hard or soft collar? can you remove it at all, or is it a 24/7 thing? Whatever your doctor has prescribed, please follow his instructions. If it is something like an aspen or miami j, please keep it tight as instructed. I watched someone in an aspen collar who was able to turn her head while wearing it. Hmmm, I just don't think she was wearing it correctly, because I sure couldn't turn my neck while wearing it! Now this person is having some serious problems with her neck and I have to wonder if it could have been prevented if she had only followed doctor instructions. But then again, I followed them completely and ended up with a revision. You never know.

    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
  • You brought up a really good point. I was never instructed on how tight the collar should be. As a matter of fact, when I woke from surgery, the collar they had me in was way too big. It took me asking the nurses if it was right for anyone to get me a smaller one. Even now, I wonder if it should be even smaller as the back side of my Aspen collar comes half way around towards the front.

    I am suppose to be in the collar for 3 months 24/7. Sleeping, showering, etc. I have read that some surgeons do not even require wearing a collar at all. As much as I hate this collar, I definitely feel more secure with it on. It makes me nervous when I take is off for a minute to switch to a new one. This may be a good topic for a new post.
  • I see your x-ray picture and this is what they are planning to do to me next month. I had an ACDF on C5-6 and C6-7 and healed up just fine and was back to "normal." Then in June I was in a minor car accident which caused the bottom level fusion to crack slightly and the C7-T1 disc to bulge, now they're going to put rods and screws on the back part of the spine for support and fix the bulging disc. How was the recovery for you with the rods? Any trouble lying down? Pain in your arms? I remember after the ACDF surgery I had scapular pain for about two weeks, but with that surgery, the pain in my arms and the massive headaches were gone.

    Just curious...
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