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C2-t2 cage fusion posterior and anterior

It's now been three weeks since the anterior/posterior fusion with the bridge and screws from C2 to T-2 and discectomy. So my neck feels really stiff and painful at 3 weeks, I am on all the oxy's and wondering if this is "normal"? I am trying so hard not to move my neck... I wear my brace except to sleep. I just can't afford or ever want to do this again and I read all these terrible stories of redo's. Can anybody out there give me some 1st hand experiences. I am a teacher/ tennis pro/ coach... Not sure if that will ever be in my life again. I am feeling a bit depressed. Could be the drugs... Billie help please


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  • Ogbillie said:
    It's now been three weeks since the anterior/posterior fusion with the bridge and screws from C2 to T-2 and discectomy. So my neck feels really stiff and painful at 3 weeks, I am on all the oxy's and wondering if this is "normal"? I am trying so hard not to move my neck... I wear my brace except to sleep. I just can't afford or ever want to do this again and I read all these terrible stories of redo's. Can anybody out there give me some 1st hand experiences. I am a teacher/ tennis pro/ coach... Not sure if that will ever be in my life again. I am feeling a bit depressed. Could be the drugs... Billie help please
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  • I understand your concerns. I had 3 level laminectomy and 8 level fusion and rods in December 2013. The recovery was/is quite painful. I still can't sit in a straight back chair more than about 10 minutes before I am in severe pain and having spasms. My doctors just asks if I have medication for it. He doesn't seem concerned. As far as being a tennis instructor my dominant side is considerably more painful to use. Unfortunately, yes pain medication can cause depression, and being winter doesn't help :(. It's hard to find much info on such big sx....good luck with your recovery :)
    Lego momma
  • Hi, I had mine done on January 20th and it was rather painful, especially the spasms. It's interesting to see that you don't have to wear your brace to bed. I have had to wear it 24/7,except to shower. After almost three months, I have started to take off my collar while I am sitting and my neck is stiff and movement restricted. I'm sure we will be having therapy to help regain movement again. I just had my x-rays taken and hope to be able to lose the braces soon. I wear another one on my torso as well. I think you are at (or were at) the normal recovery stage when you posted. Hope things are better for you now!
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