Post Edited (fatherjohn) : 3/12/2009 10:49:30 PM (GMT-6)
PaLady I was just thinking the same thing maybe a soft cervical collar, I know that is what I had to wear for 5 months after my c6/7 fusion, and even now when I start to have problems I slap the soft cervical collar on to stablize my neck!
Daylont if your in the military don't you have sick call in the morning? I was career Air Force and they had sick call every morning at the hospital or clinic. I was in the military when I had my fusion done, but they did it at a civilian hospital in Anchorage Alaska, The military couldn't handle it after the myelogram they paniced and they were afraid to try and move me to the lower 48, so the rushed me down town and had a civilian neurosurgeon do it all! Anyway I do wish you luck, also if and when you get out if the military won't give you anything for your fusion, they wouldn't me, then go right to your VA, that is what I had to do!
Pleas don't mess around and put it off, this can be serious! I have been there and done that! Keep pressing them, about it! I know how the military works, they just about made me a Quad!
I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on ful disalbility!
Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!)
Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV
Post Edited (White Beard) : 3/13/2009 12:01:25 AM (GMT-6)
I have a Cervical Fusion C567. Your report indeed sounds like the bone did not completely fuse, which should be done before or within a year (according to what I was told). I had to have xrays until they could see the fusion was complete.
Please, I understand the added discomfort of wearing the soft collar...but the purpose is to keep your neck stable until someone figures out how to treat this.
I recently fell and it caused a whiplash, I have been wearing my soft collar for 2 weeks, definitely causes discomfort and more spasm.....but prevents me from turning my neck and causing more symptoms. On top of my regular pain level this situation has doubled my already unbearable pain situation. But.....sometimes we just NEED to do things!
Please take care of this ASAP! By the way, I was like you I did not want to take pain meds, I still don't like taking pain meds BUT it has made life a little easier!
Good Luck and keep us posted!