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anterior cervical disectomy and fusion recovery

lisarae82llisarae82 Posts: 1
edited 11/08/2015 - 7:45 PM in Recovering from Surgery
I had surgery on my c6 and c7 back in april..7 months later I'm still experiencing muscle spasms, headaches, tingling and numbness...is this normal? Shouldn't I be healed by now? I'm only 33 yrs old and this was the first time I've had this surgery


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  • lorijo3llorijo3 Posts: 113
    edited 11/09/2015 - 12:59 PM
    I know it can take up to a year to heal from our surgeries but, to be safe, I would make an appt with your surgeon, or at the very least your primary care physician, to get assurance that you are still healing and nothing else, nothing new, is going on. I truly hope they will tell you all is well!
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  • edited 11/09/2015 - 7:45 PM
    hello all, i need some help in understanding what my husband is going through. he had c6 and c7 fused, with a spinal decompression, discs removed , 2 screws and plate along with a donor bone placed. i dont want to hover but i want him to feel like i care. i know he is depressed, and is very unhappy. his post op appointment isnt until 11/18. his surgery was 11/5. please help me help him without my losing my marbles and my husband

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  • I, myself, got depressed in the few weeks right after surgery. I had read thatany people do so I just waited until it passed....and it did by week 4 post op. I had a C4-7 fusion with instrumentation, no hard or soft collar. Does your husband have to wear a collar? My first couple of weeks were difficult between the meds, muscle spasms, sore throat, pills getting stuck in my swollen throat, fatigue, not being able to get comfortable, having to hold my head in a certain way and watch my every move, etc. But by week 4 I was feeling SO much better all around and the depression lifted. Things were getting back to normal! My sore throat did not go away until 5 weeks out and I did get some prednisone from my family doctor for that. My husband was my caregiver during all this and he patiently did what I needed him to do to help me and then pretty much just let me rest the rest of the time. We took daily walks together every day. He took me for car rides when I wanted to get out. I admit I was a nervous wreck until my one month xray and post op with the surgeon, where he assured me all was well and I could start PT.

    I hope your husband feels better as he heals and starts to see and feel good results of the surgery. Being there for him when he needs you and being patient with his recovery will help him a lot. Take advantage of the appt on the 18th to ask questions. Do not be afraid to call the surgeon if you feel you need to before then.
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