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2 weeks after ACCF at c4-5/c5-6
hello friends....i just joined this forum and was wondering if anyone else has had a similar surgery after a similar diagnosis....this is all so frustrating and it is really nice to know that forums such as this exist for support and information!
ok, for a few years i had moderate intermittent diffuse pain coming from my upper back, neck and right arm...i am an otherwise healthy 37 year old male....i saw my gp as well as physiotherapists, chiropractors, naturopaths, accupuncturists, massage therpaists etc. and while i had some relief, i knew there had to be more going on....last august, my symptoms progressed to the point that i had extreme pain and numbness in my right arm and i demanded an appt with a neurologist and had an mri done at a private clinic (i live in canada and it wasn't worth the wait to get an mri through the public system!)....i was given a diagnosis of cervical myelopathy and radiculopathy at the c4-5 and c5-6 levels (due to cervical spondylitis) and referred to a neurosurgeon (NS) for a consult.....i ended up seeing three different NS's (including the mayo clinic in phoenix) and they all recommended an anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion (ACCF)....i finally decided on a local NS as i was told by a number of physicians that he was the best at this particular type of surgery....
i had the surgery two weeks ago today....immediately following the surgery, i felt absolutely no symptoms for the first time in 6 months- what an amazing feeling this was!!!...slowly the symptoms returned and now they are just bad as they were before the surgery:(....on the upside, i am taking almost no pain meds now and the pain on swallowing is almost gone too....
i am scheduled to see the NS for a follow-up in another 4 wks....
for now i am just resting (with a daily 10-20 minute walk) and watching a lot of movies and reading books and of course praying that my symptoms are just due to inflammation and they will improve over the next few weeks....