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nikkimg25nnikkimg25 Posts: 1
edited 03/01/2015 - 10:52 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
what does that stand for? i just got diagnosed with c5/c6 ,c6/c7 and c7/t1 probs with foramen narrowing and bulging plus c2/3 large posterior protrusion.
not seen surgeon yet. all this has been in me for ages and deteriorating for as long as 45 years! im 55 and hyperactive. though i think neck disturbances with arm tingling, numbness and various stabbing pains with excessive head heat contribute to my lack of any quality sleep.
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  • LizLiz Posts: 9,745
    welcome to spine-health

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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion. Basically they remove your discs, place bone or other "spacer" where your disc was and fuse your vertebrae. They use a titanium plate to hold everything in place. Try Googling the procedure. There are also a lot of videos and Information on this site,.
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  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    edited 03/13/2015 - 5:17 PM
    The surgery is much easier than it sounds. Minimal post op pain since they go thru front of neck and thus don't dissect muscle. Check out the other forum on Back & Neck surgery. Many ACDF experiences there. I've had 2.
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
  • SpineAZ said:
    The surgery is much easier than it sounds. Minimal post op pain since they go thru front of neck and thus don't dissect muscle. Check out the other forum on Back & Neck surgery. Many ACDF experiences there. I've had 2.
    I just found out yesterday, that I will be having ACDF at C4/5. I've exhausted all non-invasive means of therapy. Any advice you could give me would be highly appreciated. Also, could tou tell me wht to expect post op, recovery, etc....
    Thanks!
  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 606
    I am sorry to hear that you will be having surgery. I had this surgery & I can honestly say, it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I was up walking the halls just hours after being in recovery. I got my nurses permission, and my daughter & I went and sat outside for a while. I stayed one night in the hospital. I didn't have to wear a collar. I just had a couple steri strips over the incision. My pain was more so in my throat than from my neck? The doctor explained that was from the tube in my throat. He ordered me Cloroceptic spray. I did have some discomfort, but nothing I couldn't handle. I think I was able to drive again after 2 weeks? You will tire fast & easily. Just be aware of your limitations & rest when you need to. I had this surgery in June of 2013, so my memories of it are fading. Haha. My doctor cleared me for light duty work about 3 months later. I was a Hospice Aide and the only thing he would permit me to do was go into the office & answer phones. I was bored out of my mind! I've never had an office job! Do you have a surgery date yet? I'll be praying that you have a successful surgery!
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  • Any tips on sleeping? should I order a bed wedge for sitting up more in bed? what did you find more comfortable?
    Thanks for the encouragement and the advice. Any and all advice is highly appreciated as I prepare myself for my upcoming surgery. I am hoping to schedule it first week of May.
  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 606
    I mainly slept in the recliner. In fact, 2 years later, I still do! I never used the wedge pillow but I'm sure that would work too? One more thing I should note , don't forget to stock up on stuff you'll need for your bowels. You'll be given some stronger pain meds in the hospital that might constipate you. I personally like using colace. It works good for me, but there's many options out there.
    Ok, 1 more thing...buy some straws to drink from. They make it a lot easier to drink out of a glass.
    Cathy
  • Motor1 said:
    I mainly slept in the recliner. In fact, 2 years later, I still do! I never used the wedge pillow but I'm sure that would work too? One more thing I should note , don't forget to stock up on stuff you'll need for your bowels. You'll be given some stronger pain meds in the hospital that might constipate you. I personally like using colace. It works good for me, but there's many options out there.
    Ok, 1 more thing...buy some straws to drink from. They make it a lot easier to drink out of a glass.
    Cathy
    Thank you Cathy! How long did you have the sore throat for from the intubation and retraction of your throat? Do I need to stock up on jello and ice cream?
    Feel free to PM me any other things you remember. I'm good on straws, just bought 800 at Costco, LOL. We always use stares at home. And I am already on 10/325 Percocet and they do constipated like crazy, so I already take Colace. I'm sure they'll have me on a Morphine pump in the hospital.
    If I think of any other questions is it ok to PM you? Again, thank you!
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