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3 level ACDF w/spinal decompression 1-13-2014
I am new here but i read forums all the time. I just had my 2nd ACDF, the 1st one was 12/2002 after being rear ended by a big truck and airbag deployment. i only injured c5-6, and recovery was easy, only needed the soft collar for 2 wks. well............now i found out through xray due to numb arm and hand, that my screw broke off on plate and it was lifting and shifting, and i herniated C4-5/C6-.............so Jan 12 , 2104 i had a revision of C5-6 removal,and fusion of all the level C4-7. i am wearing a MIAMI J COLLAR and it is making me crazy! i haev to sleep in it, then i find out my Vicryl is rejecting and has been popping out of the healed and unhealed steri strips. i have been to doc 4 times for these issues. anyone else having this? i read it is normal but it never happened with other surgeries. it seems under control but the 15, yes 15!, steristrips fell off except the 4 on the end, then the 5 more put on since the vicryl fiasco. i tried to sleep 2 days without brace per doc to let strips dry. bad idea, i woke up stiff and used more percocet ever and valium!! so now i try to fall asleep sitting up then once meds kick in i lay lower. i usually start out in bed and then hit the bed but i am in the bed now. any suggestions? how long were u in collar and when did u really go back to work? love job, i sit at computer and verify insurance. isn't it a law to make sure my work station is ergonomic? they are great and will do it but how to approach it ?? i need sleep and i am bored and getting depressed.