Headed in for a posterior fusion for C4 through C7 on 5/27. Right around the corner and getting extremely nervous.
This will be my fourth fusion, I am 41, male and physically active/healthy. First was C6/C7 anterior diskectomy fusion and plating. After a year and a half the fusion was non-union (donor bone), so I went back in and had it redone after harvesting from my hip
Then about 2 years after that, in late 2013, I had anterior diskectomy, fusion and plating for C4-C6. SInce the first fusion was non-union, the discs above didnt reverse trend and heal like he had hoped.
Countless epidural steroid injections, multiple PT stints and who knows how many pain meds and muscle relaxers later, I am really back to square one.
Fast forward to fall of 2014, I was still having nearly 24/7 muscle spasms, the curvature of my spine was straightening and the numbness in my fingers and pain down my arms had returned. MRI, XRAY and CT all showed good unions so the neuro couldn't figure it out. So he ordered a few difference bone scans, and said one of them "lit up like a Christmas tree." Basically, due to the spasms, I was having microfractures daily and he recommended the posterior with rods to "lock it up." I like the odds he gave of 90% (vs 50% on the others), but honestly, I am scared to death about this surgery. Everything I read sounds like it will be excruciating. Even my pain management doctor said he doesn't want me to remember anything during the first 4 days, but for a few months I will be miserable.
Anyone else been through something similar? I guess I'm just looking for something optimistic, because right now, I am really wondering if this is going to be worth it.