Hi bebbles, at exactly what level is she recommending the ACDF? I know this surgery sounds scary, but personally I would be more scared of not having it? A bad disc in other areas of the spine, if they go really bad quickly you might be looking at partial paralysis! But when your talking about
disc's in the cervical spine well if they go really bad there is always the possibility (even if remote) of major paralysis like quadrieplegic! Personally that is allot more scary to me than having the Discectomy and fusion! I have had very good luck with my ACDF's and they relieved the pain almost instantaneously! Sure I lost my voice for a few months and had some major swallowing difficulties after my first ACDF at C6/7 but again that might not have been totally the result of the surgery, because before the surgery of the amount of disc damage I had, and direct pressure on my spinal cord no one could figure out or explain why I wasn't a quadrieplegic! When I started having simular symptoms 25 years later (2009)and the disc above the fusion was going bad I didn't hesitate to have the Discectomy and fusion! That surgery was a piece of cake! But they've came a long way from when I had that first ACDF in 1985!
Anyway I've had the spinal steroid injections many times and they never gave me me any lasting relief. I think about
3 weeks was the longest period of relief I got! Predisone is a miracle drug but one that is a double edge sword though! It does Great things but the side affect can be horrendous! It's often referred as the drug you love but hate!
Anyway I wish you well bebbles! Good luck to you and Merry Christmas!
Just as a side note, I get disability through the VA and I do get most of my meds through them, and I have used their physical therapy services which I think is outstanding! but because of previous experiences I've had with them, I use civilian doctors for everything! Between my Medicare and TriCare for life, it covers most everything for me!
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USAF retired in Sept.1991. I went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, I worked on Oncology and Med Surg, Disabled in late 1999, was approved SSD in early 2002! Diagnosed with: DDD and Multiple herniated Disks; Foraminotomy L3/4/5 Jan 2013; Posterior Articular Joint fusion Nov 2010; C5/6 ACDF Sep 2009; C6/7 ACDF 1985; Implanted pain Pump Jun 2014.
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