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nanase
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   Posted 1/6/2012 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, i am a new member to the forum/group. i had a acdf c-5/ c-6 done 4weeks ago. my throat has cleared up. had experienced shortness of breath like anxiety attacks. i still wake up stiff and in pain. i still have numbness in my legs and arms and my right shoulder are terrible. it is still better than before, i need to phone my doctor because i fell down 4 stairs a few days ago and i dont know if i disturbed anything, but when i cough or sneeze i wanna jus die/cry. i just started therapy and waiting to see how that works. when i sit up or walk/move around to long my neck gets tensed and starts to hurt. it makes it feel as if my head is to heavy for me to be carrying...lol but that was the only way i could describe it. i dont know whats to come but if this is the results of me doing the procedure, i needed not to.

Post Edited By Moderator (Screaming Eagle) : 1/6/2012 9:30:17 AM (GMT-7)


Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 1/6/2012 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
 
     Good Morning nanase!
 
          Welcome! Were glad you started a new thread, and got an introduction in of yourself! wink
 
      Im not sure what the acdf stands for, and am guessing it is a cervical fusion at the c5/c6? Please remember your surgery is considered very fresh, and it takes quite some time to heal, especially the swelling of all the tissue that was disturbed during the surgery.
 
    It is common place to worry, because we have our expectations set pretty high going into the surgeries...and of course we are putting faith into the professionals recommending it as well.
 
      Many of us have had the spinal surgeries, and trust me it takes time. PT may make it even more sore for a while, but it is needed to get things back into shape. Are you still on pain med's? Don't cut yourself short on them...they are there for a reason. Give it a few more weeks, and then see where you are at with it.
 
     I'm glad you joined us...now keep checking in for support....we will be here for you.
 
       Take care,
 
      SE wink
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Chartreux
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   Posted 1/6/2012 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Your only 4 weeks out of surgery, so your probably still healing and that your therapy is going to help
but just take it slowly...if it hurts then let your therapists know, it might be your very stiff and maybe
either ice or heat packs will help with that, it can help to use both and maybe ask if ultra sound therapy
would help...but what Screaming Eagle said, it takes time and many months to recovery after
any surgery, give yourself that time...Many Prayers and well wishes to you and keep us posted on how your doing
as we do care...
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straydog
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   Posted 1/6/2012 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nanase I think I welcomed you on another thread. I do hope that you have contacted your dr and got in to see him to make sure everything is ok. You are really still in the healing phase of your surgery and have plenty of time to left to keep improving. Be sure to follow your drs post op instructions to the letter its so important.

Now that you are in PT that should help you more. One thing I would like to caution you about is once in a while a therapists can get a little over board and push a patient too hard resulting in the patient getting worse instead of better. Do not let a physical therapist get heavy handed and push you too hard.

Take care and let us know what the dr has to say.
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nanase
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   Posted 1/7/2012 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all ffor the feedback. i really feel welcomed to the group/forum. i did contact my doctor and will see him . im feeling a bit better. but started back taking the meds more often to feel more at ease and relaxed due to te pain.

nanase
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   Posted 1/20/2012 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
hello all...since my last post i have still been going through very hard times. i had my acdf c5-c6 done dec6th. first 2weeks felt great. by the 3rd week numbness came back and neck/shoulder pain. when i informed my specia;ist of the fall i had jan 30th he didnt request to see me, we just refilled my meds. my shoulder pain has increased so bad i called my specialist i was seeing prior to the surgery, but i cant see him until 2/16. if i stand or walk to long i start to feel very disoriented , my legs/arm numbs up and i start to feel sick and get a headache or slightly dizzy. if i sit up to long my neck gets really tensed like i have no support or its seeming a bit weak. when i sneeze or cough my back of the neck hurts bad. i cant hold my neck back or down for long periods of time. my shoulder is becoming less useful than ever i cant raise it to comb my her or bathe the other side, cant raise it all the way up, just in bad shape here. i had one session of therapy dec 29th. just got approved this week from w.c. for continuous treatment, which i should have been completed by now. now my follow-up appt is monday 1/23/2012 and dont know if my doctor is going to try and release me back to work and im not ready nor capable....plz give me your opinion on whats going on with me.

Draka
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   Posted 1/20/2012 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Nanase...

ACDF is.... Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion

I know and feel your pain...

I am 10 months post op posterior approach with a triple fusion.... when I came out of the hard collar after 8 weeks and into the soft collar it was miserable... I exactly said my head was too heavy to hold up...

I wish I could tell you it gets better... for you I hope it does... I am still struggling.

YOU FELL DOWN THE STAIRS... yes, call your Dr... and ouch!

By 5 or 6 o'clock every night I have to have my head laying down.... I was just told that the numbness I felt immediately after surgery.... my thumb, pointer finger, back of my hand, and outside forearm and bicept most likely is permanent nerve damage...

Hang in there and let me know if I can help you or answer any questions.... it sounds like I wrote your posts... if you look up some of my older ones... you will see I had all of that pain too... HANG ON!

It's a horribly painful process...
Posterior cervicothoracic decompression and instrumented fusion (three levels) for spondylosis and stenosis with severe radiculopathy.. surgery performed 3/31/11

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straydog
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   Posted 1/22/2012 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nanse, by chance does your dr have you on a muscle relaxer? One of our mods had another surgery this past year and I believe it was his third one. One problem he had for a long while was severe muscles spasms. He said once he got this under control it helped with his pain level. Have you tried using heat & cold packs at home? If not, perhaps give this a try. I quit using a heating pad and make my own heat packs by using a hand towel. I wet it and then wring it our good and nuke it in the microwave for just a few seconds, it can get really hot so you have to be careful. Moist heat seems to work much better than dry heat.

As far as your dr releasing you to go back to work, I do not know what kind of work you do, but if its a physical type of job, please be sure the dr is aware of this. Depending on how you feel at the time, all you can do is be honest with the and tell him physically you are not there yet.

If you have medication on hand that you can take for pain then take it if its giving you some relief. Did you just quit taking your meds or what? Please keep us posted on how you are doing.
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nanase
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   Posted 1/22/2012 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
hi, straydog. no i still take my meds and i do take a muscle relaxer too. my head also feel as though its to heavy for my body whereas i have to lay down and rest and always have some comfort on my neck, even riding in the car. my case is rather complicated cause i am also being treated for a (what they call a shoulder strain) or mild capsulitis/rc tendonitis. my shoulder is always in pain. it so bad one arm is longer in length because the bad one hangs lower than the other and they say the xray/mri shows NO structual damage. can some one please tell me what is happening to me. and why didnt i get sent home with a collar?

straydog
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   Posted 1/23/2012 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Nanase I have posted to you on your other thread about the shoulder situation. If you have had a normal MRI of the shoulder I am afraid there may not be much else for the drs to do to your shoulder except order physical therapy and try medication. You sure do not want a dr operating on a shoulder that does not need it. With a normal MRI this rally makes me think the shoulder pain is coming from your neck and this happens a lot. I have 2 herniated disc in my neck and I refused surgery years ago. In addition to the neck pain, I also had severe shoulder pain that just came out of no where. My dr ordered an MRI and the problem was found on the MRI. I had impingement and did injections that did not help, did a ton of physical therapy, and eventually over time, the pain dropped down to a more tolerable level. It took a very long time for the pain to drop down too. I had to learn to use my left hand and arm for most things because of the pain being so severe.

You asked why the dr did not send you home in a collar, it tells me he does not believe in putting his patients in collars, some drs to and some do not. You may not want to hear this, but you know it really has not been all that long since your surgery and it takes time for these things to heal and get better. That is one of the hardest things I think for us is the waiting after surgery for things to get better. But, you really do not have any choice except to wait it out and give things time. Just try to be as patient as you can. Find some things easy to do to help take your mind off of things, try playing some computer games, work cross word puzzles. A lot of times distraction helps us get the pain off of our minds so much. Try to read a book or put some soft music on and try to relax your body. You really need to try and calm yourself some, getting all upset and stressed out just causes more pain because your body stays so tensed up.

Please take care of yourself.
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