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c4 c5 single level ACDF scheduled for thursday



  • That everything is going so well. This is why I recommend the surgery to friends. Even though my situation did not work out well, I know lots who have been successful.
  • So far so good. I hope to feel better everyday. Today has been kind of stressfull. Neck and shoulders feel alittle sore for some reason.
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  • Can cause that kind of stress. I found that I had intentions of reading during my recovery, but trying to look down at a book was not comfortable at all. Even trying to read on an iPad was difficult. Think about any particular postures that might be impacting you.
  • That is a possibility. I will try and not look down at my note pad and pbone. Instead I will bring them to eye level.
  • Try not to hold your phone or book in the same position to overcome looking down, that's just as bad. Try to find a way to prop it up. I had this problem with my laptop and my iPad ( I am a technology specialist for work). I had to prop my laptop up on top of a bunch of books on a table rather than to put it on my lap.
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  • I have a lot of muscle spasms in my back still, and attribute most of it to working at a computer. I try and walk around during the day and have to take the muscle relaxers at night. Im in my second full week back at work and doing okay. Have 1 more month of wearing the collar, at least I hope it's only one more month.

    Tired of the pain - I'm surprised your surgeon didn't do all the levels at once. Mine told me that to prevent a later surgery it was best to do 3 levels since the one in between the worst two was already compromised.
    laminectomy c4/c5 2008, ACDF c4-c7 Jan 20 2014 sched
  • He did the two worst which were next two each other. Didn't think the one on top was that bad yet. He told me that the one above would take some of the stress and eventually need to be fused as would the level below. The more levels they do the less range of motion you have. The pain I have is from the lowest one that was fused. The nerve coming from C6/7 was damaged at the root causing most of the pain, burning, tingling, aching and numbness in my arm and hand
  • Hi all,

    I have hit a wall today. Pain level went to the extreme 8 today especially this morning. I over slept without taking my pain meds at the specific time and boy did I pay for it today. I had severe neck spasms along with sharp pains going down both arms for about 30 min straight until the medication kicked in. Thank god for flexeril and percocet or I would have had to endure the pain all on itself.

    While it is true that the more they fuse the less the ROM. But what are you sacrificing for the ROM a possible permanent disability of the nerve, damage to spinal cord or god forbid paralysis. I would rather loose the ROM over all the other risks.
  • Day 6 after a scary day 5 today seems to be better. Except for the chicken bone i accidently swallowed and got stuck in my esophagus. I finally squeezed it down with a banana and my head turned to the right. I guess i will have to find oit later today if the bone made its way down or if its still lodged in my throat. Todays pain level is about a 2 because of the hoarse voice box and chicken bone issue. I also noticed that when I sneeze or cough my left arm starts to feel tingling and numb for a few seconds and then goes away. No other issue to report.
  • I was lucky in I haven't had any tingling since the surgery. I still have significant bouts of muscle spasms, only slightly eased by flexeril/amirx (extended release flexeril I take at night).
    laminectomy c4/c5 2008, ACDF c4-c7 Jan 20 2014 sched
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