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2 weeks after ACCF at c4-5/c5-6

luckysharmslluckysharms Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:50 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
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....


  • Im no Dr. but you just basicly cut your neck in half and screwed it back together about 2 weeks ago... I know that my experience (very little)
    Just had an L5 S1 fusion a little less then 2 months ago and going through epidurals on my neck now to try to either avoid or buy time for my neck.. Im not ready for another surgery like this one.. it was major..
    thats my point..
    Did the Dr say you should be fine and pain free in 2 weeks?
    I had a simular concern about wanting to get off the meds.. Ive been taking them over a yr. He told me people who are not in major pain heal faster.
    Good luck and stay on this site.. its made a huge differnece for me to get connected with people who are going through it.
    Im 41 and was very active before the pain took over.. My mind is READY READY READY.. My body... not so much..lol
    I needed help from my Dr.s, family and this site to slow down to heal faster..
    thats just me and your Dr may have you on a different plan..
    Have you seen your Dr yet besides at the hospital?
    I imagine you should be coming up on a dr visit if you havnt already.
    what did the Dr say?
    BTW welcome to the site.. Im new too.
  • thanks for the support....i can totally relate about my mind being ready and wanting to do but my body isn't anywhere near being there yet....
    the NS didn't make any promises and i am scheduled to see him in 4 wks (6 wks post-op)...it seems that 6 wks post-op is standard as that is what i was also told when i went to the mayo clinic for my consult....
    my NS also told me that about healing faster if you are pain-free so i am back to taking one T3 every 6 hours or so....
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