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   Posted 5/15/2012 2:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello, i'm having surgery this Wednesday. My C-4/5, C-5/6, C-6/7...Fusion all with cadaver bones then a couple plates with 8-screws. This is like my 15th surgery over the years, but never on this location. If i don't do the surgery i will end up not being able 2 turn my head at all, i will lose my feelings in my arms & legs eventually. I currently have my left arm numb & tingling, from it i drop a lot of things, & my balance is off as well. If my neck was popped just right then apparently i could become paralyzed.

All is pretty scary considering i just found all this out in a 2-week span. Anywaz, i just wanted 2 get it off my chest & say how afraid i am. Probably silly 2 a lot of U, but i feel empathy for everyone that has gone thru chronic pain or this type of surgery.


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   Posted 5/15/2012 3:01 AM (GMT -6)   

You are certainly NOT silly, anyone would be scared facing surgery like this. I honestly think that the more surgeries you have the harder it gets. That is the case for me anyone. Just keep telling yourself that you are doing it for the right reasons and with good medical advice. The days before surgery are hard, too much thinking. I think it is easier once you are in the hospital and just want to get the op over with.
Soon it will be all in the past and you will be on the road of recovery. I wish you well and look forward to hearing how you got on. I will be thinking of you.

Lots of good luck hugs

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   Posted 5/15/2012 7:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Serenity, good luck on your surgery. I am sure you will do just fine. Of course you are scared, that is normal. I hope this takes care of your problem.

When you are feeling better after surgery please come back and let us know how you are doing. Please do only what the dr says after surgery so you will have a good result....Susie
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   Posted 5/15/2012 7:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Serenity, I had a similar surgery in 2009 - several areas were involved and fused. Surgery was done by a neurosurgeon specializing in neck and spinal surgeries and I did fine. I'm 62 years old female. I did not realize the seriousnesss of my neck problems until AFTER the surgery when the surgeon told me I practically had a new neck. I wore a brace a short while and used a nerve stimulator for 6 months afterward to make the fusion go faster and become more secure.

Surgery took about 3-4 hours and I was cut in front and the back which the surgeon thought would be most effective for my particular situation. It was a good 6 month recovery but I was exercising 3-4 weeks later being extra careful not to include the neck in my exercising. The exercising was mild but you need to get up and avoid "sitting around syndrome" as soon as you can. You will recover quickly the sooner you start moving around.

I was in the hospital 2 nights, walking the 2nd day but eating very little due to a sore throat from surgery. Swallowing was diffiicult for some time. I made several trips to the doctor afterwards for x-rays and the doctor told me I was the "perfect patient".

Your surgery sounds scary and is very involved but accept it as it is and realize what might happen if the surgery is not done. I am sure your surgeon is well qualified for these types of surgeries and has most likely done many like yours and mine.

Good luck in your recovery and let us know how you are doing.

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   Posted 5/15/2012 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Surgery is very scary so you can vent away about it here...anytime...
Many Many Many Prayers for you....
Will keep positive for you that things go well for you....

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   Posted 5/15/2012 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   

Surgery is scary and what you feel is normal. We are all here cheering you on, Stop by anytime and vent away.

Im sure you will do fine

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   Posted 5/15/2012 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   

I can empathize with you, I really hope this all works out well for you. I will say a prayer that your surgery goes well!

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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, 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 I am White Beard with a White Beard!

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   Posted 5/15/2012 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
As mentioned...EVERYONE is scared before major don't feel out of place...

One of the things I learned to help was to be as organized as possible to have every single detail post op planned out. Making sure that friends/family/church...are set up to help with things from meals to cleaning to help you get around.

As well as have a bunch of movies....dvds....things that can help you stay occupied both before and after the surgery.

Just know that's going to be a rough go, especially the first few weeks with the pain. And then it's just a day by day recovery....slowly but surely....and just follow ALL Drs. orders to take it as easy as possible and keep up with all the pain meds....Taking them exactly on schedule to help keep the pain from getting too bad...

The rest I just give up to God:)

We are all praying it goes well!
SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006

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   Posted 5/15/2012 2:44 PM (GMT -6)   

I hope your surgery goes well this Wednesday.... like the others said, please let us know how it goes when you are up to it.

I also hope you have a quick recovery.... Take good care.

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