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C5/C6 and C6/C7 ACDF 10/29/08
Hi everyone my name is Trish and I can relate to many of you. I have 2 large ruptered cervical disc with cervical cord compression. It all started a couple months ago. I woke up one morning with a severe crick in my neck. After a few days there was no improvement, in fact, it was getting worse. After a couple weeks I went to a chiropractor-Bad mistake :''( I went twice and after he induced almost more pain than I could physically tolerate, I did not go back. The next week I went to my family M.D. She ordered the MRI that revealed the large ruptures at C5/6 and C6/7 with compression on the cervical cord. She then referred me to a neurosurgeon who said that normally he always tried the injections or theray but in my case the rupture's were to large and those treatments would be ineffective. He also said if I chose not to have the surgery (ACDF) that the edema of the cord would in time worsen with possible irreversible damage. So like everything else I laid it on the alter. My pastor has gone through no telling how much oil in laying hands on me in the last couple months. It has been miserable. God does not put us through more than we can bear. If he brings you to it he will see you through it. I will be glad when this ACDF is over. I am a nurse so I make a bad patient. I am also a fulltime nursing student working to obtain a higher degree. This semester I had to drop 3 classes due to my inability to sit at the computer for extended amounts of time. I am down to 2 classes now hanging on for the ride. I do not know what I will do about going to my Chemistry class, it is over a hour away. No driving post-operatively. I know I will miss at least one class (weekly classes). I will catch up-I won't quit. God will make a way when there is no way. I'm not worried about English Lit. Sorry my first post is so long but how else am I going to provide ya'll with my information. My question is this: Has anyone had to go to ICU after their ACDF? My sister (nurse also) says I may have to but I say NO WAY!! Also, how bad is the immediate post-op pain level on a scale on 1-10 with 10 being the worse possible pain ever? I look forward to reading your responses. I promise my next posts' in the future will be way shorter. God Bless u all.