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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,082
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hey All,

I'm new here but had a few questions if anyone could answer them for me.

A bit of my history. 4 weeks ago I had fusion surgery at c3/4 and c4/5 following trauma induced by playing rugby. I had bilateral stinging/tingling/numbness after getting a bang but was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome as I also have an underactive thyroid gland. I continued to play rugby for 6 months after this incident but of course my symptoms persisted and I experienced pain and even feelings of dizzyness, nausia and slurred speech (similar to vertigo/migraine) after playing so I went to my doctor who immediately sent me for xray and MRI of my neck.

Anyway, after being told that another incident of trauma might leave me paralysed I, of course, stopped playing sports immediately. My symptoms severly improved with not playing but my doctor gave me a list of things I shouldn't do. I am a quite active 23 year old female and didn't want to opt for a life of limited activity so I chose to have the fusion sugery having been told that ADR would not be strong enough to play again.

After surgery I ended up having 2 level fusion instead of 1 which is what I had originally expected and so I now fear that I will be even more limited in my activity than I might have been without surgery and I have the added bonus of decreased mobility in my neck and increased chances of breaking my neck..

I am a bit confused about the whole thing and my doctor never seems to be available to discuss these things with me so I wondered if anyone has had a similar experience and what level of activity can be expected after what kind of time and what kind of recovery? At present I feel okay and am not having too much pain except at night time. I have my first post op appointment on the 19th of May when I will see if the fusion was a sucess.

So my questions really..

How much activity can I expect after recovery?
What happens if the fusion fails?

Thank you so much for any response! :)



  • Im not as youg as you, but 34 to me is still a baby. I am only six day post ACDF C6-C7 and my doc told me I could be back at it in 3 months. I'm not sure about contact sports, but you never know. I have just recently met sombody who had two level C4-C6 and was lifting weights at three months and fully fused. He was 50 years old and was done by the same surgeon as me. After the weights he does 30 - 45 minutes high intensity racketball and you would never know he had the surgery unless he showed you his scar and told you. I really did not believe him!

    It makes a big difference if you remain positive and set realistic goals. Some people let it limit them and some use it as a challenge to overcome and get better and stronger. I will be the in the second group!

    It will only limit what you let it.

    Good luck and keep us posted!
  • Hey thanks,

    that's more like it :) I really want to get back to contact sports as long as it is safe to do so and as long as the limitations are only my own attitude and work rather than my body hopefully it will all be good.

    Will keep posting!

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  • I recently had ACDF surgery done to my C6-7

    The results were and are fantastic and due to the nature of my job which only requires me to be able to sit comfortably and to operate computer competently I went back to work the Monday after the surgery.

    (I had the surgery the Wednesday prior.
    The surgery was on February 29th)

    I do not take any medication for pain or for spasms prior to going to work and although the first week there I went home a little earlier than usual and I tire easily I feel fine and I feel that I get better every day. However today some one from HR told me I was slurring my speech and suggested I had taken too much medication today. I had not taken any medication since the afternoon before and although as I said I was get a little tired I did not realize I was slurring words. Is this common given the amount of swelling in my neck post surgery?
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