Hi, everyone. My name's Carmelo. I'm 33 and am having ACDF surgery this upcoming Tuesday morning. A bit of my history: I have advanced myelomalacia (from a work-related accident in 1999) and was injured in an auto accident back in April. The whiplash caused my C6 disc to herniate and pierce the already-extremely-atrophied spinal cord. Basically, my doctors have questioned how I am still walking. Anyhow, I opted for the C5-to-C7 fusion, as it is the final option for me; my doctors have already told me that without the surgery, the damage will continue to progress and then it's eventual paraplegia. No thanks. I'll take my chances under the knife. EDITED
I don't normally join forums, but I feel like I need some solidarity from other people who have experienced the pain, the procedure, and the recovery. I don't know, maybe I'm here for some advice, tips, or maybe something else. I'm not afraid of the procedure, quite the contrary; I'm confident in my team and am looking forward to not having to deal with the constant pain from the time I wake up until my body just crashes from exhaustion. My pain hovers around a 6 or 7 all day everyday, and will spike on occasion to that level that makes you cry.
I was wearing a soft collar for about 8 weeks to keep the pressure of my head off my neck, until my surgeon gave me a hard collar last week. Big difference from the soft collar, but painful. Nice to meet everyone. Thanks for having this forum.
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