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  • Hi Charlie,

    I have c3 thru t1 level fusion front and back. Your question about mobility. I'm pretty good. I can't look at my toes without bending forward. I can't turn side to side all the way anymore but have ajusted. I can look up with no problems. I do have some pain everyday. But I don't shake like crazy anymore. and I have no numbness in my arms. Some nerve twitching though. I'm glad I had it done. But I really didn't have a choice. Either surgery or wheelchair in the future. I chose surgery. I'm 46 and too young to be put down. I had my surgery in the Twin Cities Spine Center, Abbott Northwestern. This was my second surgery. I had c56 c67 done in 2003. c67 didn't fuse and the surgeon then put the screws in wrong and it blew out the disc below. Plus the good ole domino affect.
    It was a tough surgery this time and the healing takes awhile. I didn't think it was too bad. A 6 day stay with 3 days in ICU. Swallowing issues to watch.

    Let us know how you're doing!
  • I wanted to follow up with you. I met with a few surgeons before my surgery, and they all talked about the importance of removing the pressure on the chord to prevent further damage - first and foremost, and with the potential of improvement.

    I am 4+ weeks out from 4 level ACDF - C3 - C7. I just got released from wearing the hard neck brace, and I felt confident enough the next day to do a little driving locally. I have decent mobility - about the same looking right, a little more limited looking left.

    I hope you have relief soon.

    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
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  • Hi Everyone,
    Thanks for your kind comments. Karen, I'm glad you're doing well after your recent surgery! I postponed Thursday's consult with the pain management doc, and made an appointment for Friday with the PA at NS's office. Reason being, the recent changes in symptoms......I truly believe something drastic changed with the new weakness in right shoulder and arm, plus more intense crawly feeling by right ear and cramping in forearms and hands. This is scary! But anyway, I truly appreciate everyone's kindness here, and enjoy your night! :-)

  • Good Evening,

    I had my appointment this afternoon at the NS's office with one of his PA's, a very nice lady. I told her of my symptoms, she examined me thoroughly and confirmed pretty much what I figured would happen. I need to have this fusion fairly quickly, especially with the loss of strength, tinglys on side of head, and down arms into hands, and the headaches. I have a date of 7/25, and they said they will get me in sooner if there is a cancellation. The surgeon (Dr. Zeidman) will fuse C3 thru C5 to complete the C3-C7, and she also said based upon exam, C7-T1 may not be good either. Just thought I would give a heads-up. Hope everyone is well, and keep the chins up! :-)

  • Howdy Charlie,

    I'm glad you got in with your NS's PA for further follow up. Sorry to hear surgery is on the table, but glad to see that they are being very pro-active with you.

    Are you going for another opinion, or are you comfortable with your present surgeon?

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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  • Hey Brenda,

    May sound weird, but I actually am sort of glad, because he is a very good surgeon and I do trust him. I have always felt relief afterward. He has done all four previous surgeries, really he has been the only one willing to work on me........before going to him, 3 surgeons passed on me.
  • Hehehe...I don't see that as weird! You know him, you trust him, and he's done right by you so far. That's the key, trust, faith and comfortable.

    Let's see, "weird" because your happy to get this surgery? Nope, been there, done that...moving in that direction again! (G)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Thanks Brenda,

    I'm totally greatful for all the support.......people are awesome here! Just looking forward to relief......they may get me in sooner, they said I am myelopathic. Both C3-C4 and C4-C5 are pushing into spinal column a bit. I hope you feel better as well! :-)

  • Spam spam...GO AWAY! Yeah right, yoga and twisting with nerve related back issues. I guess you don't get it (spine issues)...big surprise!! You people make me sick!

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • HI,
    Gee, another surgery, but what can you do? If you trust this dr, and symptoms are worse, you really don't have a choice.. I'm sure your dr will do his/her best on you, and you may be bit stiff but that's better than what you have now! I hope all goes well for you.
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