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Toronto Canada - C3-4(spacer), C4-7 (ACDF fusion)
This forum is awesome!!! So excited to feel not so alone. I am trying to figure things out at my end in order to recover properly and deal with the pain which sometimes drag me down. I hope to learn and also pay it forward so feel free to reach out and PM me anytime. I'm 41 years old and in good health. I have degenerative disc disease, myleopathy, bone spurs, osteoarthritis, and all those other terms which are hard to pronounce....but reminding myself everyday of the countless blessings I have in my life.
Good luck everyone,
summary of my situation.....
1st Surgery Nov 2015:
ACDF fusion of C4-5, C5-6, C6-7 joined with titanium plate
2nd Surgery Dec 2016:
Single level fusion of C3-4 joined with zero-p spacer disc insert.
What I learned:
1)take it easy after a fusion for at least a FULL year as other discs are susceptible to herniation. Don't just start doing physio stretches after 6-8 weeks as you could be putting too much strain on discs above and below.
2)bone spurs formed inside of my initial fusion and was compressing my spinal cord again.....symptoms(leg clumsiness, clonus) returned, thought it was just recovery pain but it was not.....listen to your body, if something feels wrong, it likely is.
3)try to stay off the percocet type meds(if you can handle the pain) as it is addictive faster than you think and can be hard to wean off. Also when there is no pain you might think you can do more than you should.
4)practice 10 min of "mindfulness" everyday in order to prevent pain frustration and depression.
5)lose weight! (still struggling here)