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Is cervical fusion as painful as Lumbar fusion? I am scheduled 4/8
Has anyone out there had both a lumbar and a cervical fusion? How do they compare? I have had two lumbar fusions, ten years apart, the first one with donor bone, which failed, left a mess so I had it redone with pedicle screws in Sep 07. Now I am dealing with two herniations at C5-6 and C6-7 with Osteophyte complex, contact with the cord, causing neurological problems and my doc says he must fuse to stabilize my spine. I am dealing with so much neck and shoulder pain now but wondering how the recovery will be compared to what I went through with the lumbar. I have knee buckling and numbness in my fingers. I hear that a lot of people end up sleeping in a recliner after cervical fusion but after a lumbar fusion sitting for long periods of time is impossible for me. It is hard for me to accept I have a new area in my spine that is needing surgery.
Thanks in advance for your help. Maryann