Posted 12/17/2019 6:53 PM (GMT -6)
Hi, I’m new
ACDF 2003 C5/6
ACDF 2018 C4/5 - Failed
PCF 2019 C4/T1
I’m 5 months post op and doing pretty well but I would like to hear from others who have been through similar mainly posterior approach. i found the posterior surgery extremely painful, my surgeon was very upfront about the pain.
I wore a hard collar for 6 weeks and was on opioids for 6 weeks as well, I had 4 days of withdrawals coming off the oxycodone. After 5 months my nerve pain in my hands is gone but I still have residual numbness in my hands mostly the right thumb.
My back and shoulders still hurt quite a bit, my arms and hands a very weak and I get exhausted after a few hrs of activity. As I sit here and write this post i’m fairly comfortable but when I go to get up from the chair I can barely do it because my body hurts so much.
Everything seems to relax when I go to bed, no problem sleeping and when I wake up I feel great. But, by the end of the day I feel like i’m 90 yrs old.. I’m almost 63 yrs old and prior to this last surgery the only discomfort I suffered with was hand pain.
I’ll send my 6 month x-ray to my Doctor in Manhattan next month in January , I live in Florida I did develop positional vertigo after surgery but resolved that recently w/ PT. So anyway, from what i’ve read my recovery seems pretty much normal, what say all of you kind folks?
I’d love to hear from others and what it’s been like for you!
Thanks - Rob