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Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-18-2008, 10:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,456
Posted By ember919
Re: Epidural steroid injections

I have had four injections, spread out over several years.

The first was a breeze; I wasn't aware of the procedure and woke up fine and had a long period of relief.

The second was a...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-18-2008, 10:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,027
Posted By ember919
Re: c5-6 physical pain...

Although I wouldn't call it "common", there have been several posting on this board about chest pain sending someone to the ER. I did it once myself. I know it hurts and it's scary. That pain...
Board: Neurology 06-24-2008, 11:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,557
Posted By ember919
Re: I saw the new neurologist today (I am 1 yr post ACDF C5-6)

You're right, of course, in that narcotics and acetaminophen (or other pain relievers) work on different pain receptors and have been shown to often work better together than separately. I should...
Board: Neurology 06-24-2008, 08:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,557
Posted By ember919
Re: I saw the new neurologist today (I am 1 yr post ACDF C5-6)

One of the unfortunate risks of ACDF surgery is the possibility of subsequent herniations at the levels above and below the original surgical site. (in your case, C4 and C7) Because the fused...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 06-05-2008, 06:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,902
Posted By ember919
Re: ACDF 16 Wks Post-op & Still Miserable - Advice/Hope Wanted

Backpain,
Neckpatient gave you spot on advice - you are probably doing too much, even though you think you should be all better by now. That burning/stabbing in the shoulders is, unfortunately, a...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 06-03-2008, 07:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,219
Posted By ember919
Re: For those who have delayed neck surgery

Bob, I think the issue with delaying surgery is usually the prospect of more nerve damage. More nerve damage equals longer healing time or even possibly permanent damage.

However, the decision...
Board: Eye & Vision 05-18-2008, 08:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 16,211
Posted By ember919
Re: PTK and recovery

Thanks, everyone, for all the input. This is really helping my husband to feel more comfortable with the idea of PTK. I think the best part is hearing that he won't be in 5 to 6 days of utter...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 05-11-2008, 09:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 6,543
Posted By ember919
Re: Driving after ACDF

My surgeon was of the "no brace" belief, so I had only a soft foam collar to wear for times when I felt it would make me more comfortable. He said it was more for my own mental anxiety, though, than...
Board: Eye & Vision 05-11-2008, 07:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 16,211
Posted By ember919
Re: PTK and recovery

Thank you, ebmd. Every story helps. I did go back a ways and read through quite a few more of yours posts. I appreciate the info.
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 05-10-2008, 01:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 6,543
Posted By ember919
Driving after ACDF

Wanted to post again as haven't seen this in a while.

Because of a family emergency, I was forced to start driving shortly after my ACDF. It was really a nightmare because I couldn't turn my...
Board: Eye & Vision 05-10-2008, 12:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 16,211
Posted By ember919
PTK and recovery

Hi everyone,
Have searched and read through threads looking for info about PTK and recovery from the procedure, but haven't found much in the way of details other than the "Evie" post. (and thank...
Board: Eye & Vision 10-07-2007, 11:49 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 75,060
Posted By ember919
Re: Recurrent Corneal Erosion

Oh, I've felt my stomach sink reading these posts. My husband has just been through a miserable, months-long healing process with a corneal erosion. I felt awful for him, as he described the pain...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 08-15-2007, 02:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,433
Posted By ember919
Re: Calling all ACDF patients, which side of throat was your incision?

Just assumed all ACDFs were done on the left, like mine - duh. Was so surprised to see majority here reporting incision on right side! Have two neighbors with past ACDF, will now have to take a...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-25-2007, 11:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,354
Posted By ember919
Re: Anyone have an ESI after an ACDF?

Or maybe the "Acronym of the Month" club? Just to keep your options open....
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-23-2007, 02:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,354
Posted By ember919
Re: Anyone have an ESI after an ACDF?

Are you asking whether the injection is done differently depending on whether or not you've had an ACDF? I had three injections before my surgery (4/06) and I've had one since and it was the same...
Board: Phobias 07-22-2007, 01:47 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,851
Posted By ember919
Re: Claustrophobia and MRIs

SKZ,
Although they don't like to do it and you need orders from your doctor, you CAN get a 'sedation' MRI if you do it at a hospital.

I am terribly claustrophobic, had used open MRI facility...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-22-2007, 01:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,899
Posted By ember919
Re: C7 / T1 Surgery?

Bob,
Sorry to add another basically non-informational post, but as you probably know from time spent on this board, thoracic issues are rare and answers hard to find. However, I was able to find...
Board: Herpes 07-22-2007, 12:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,748
Posted By ember919
Re: different types of sores?

Thank you, everyone. I admit I have been just completely flipped out by the unfamiliarity of this particular situation - the new type of blisters and, of course, the persistence of the outbreak. I...
Board: Herpes 07-14-2007, 07:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,748
Posted By ember919
different types of sores?

I've got a question about whether different kinds of sores are associated with different kinds of herpes. (HSV-1 vs. HSV-2)

I first got oral herpes as a teenager - textbook case, missed a few...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-08-2007, 01:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,750
Posted By ember919
Re: one year after ACDF c5-c6

Hey, HTF, nice to read your 1-year post. Glad things are going as well as they are and that you're back out on the golf course. Hope things continue to improve (yes, they still can) and happy 'new...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 05-31-2007, 12:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,025
Posted By ember919
Re: Checking in 15 mo post acdf c4/5

Hi, BITS. Glad to hear you're, uh.......BITS. :)

Your pain situation doesn't sound so good, but hopefully there will yet be progress on that front. I still have pain down my right side and do...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 05-31-2007, 12:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,339
Posted By ember919
Re: One year post C5-C7 ACDF

Hey, Kross. Congrats on the one year, and glad to hear you continue to do so well. I know you've been a great help to many people on the board.
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-02-2007, 08:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,384
Posted By ember919
Re: 5 weeks post op ACDF c5-c6-c7

When I had thyroid problems before surgery, it sometimes bothered my throat, so I can imagine what fun it must be post-surgery for you. Yikes.

Surgeons are............surgeons. Their point of...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-02-2007, 08:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,495
Posted By ember919
Re: ACDF surgery yesterdy (C6/7)

Your husband has the right idea! Rest and take is easy on yourself.

I had a soft collar, too, with instructions of "wear it if you feel like it". I did wear it quite a bit at the beginning,...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-02-2007, 08:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,085
Posted By ember919
Re: Update 3 wks Post 2 Level ACDF

Glad to hear that everyone is doing well and starting to feel better. You may still have some bumps in the road ahead, but don't let that get you discouraged if it happens.

Jeff, I didn't wear...
Board: Bowel Disorders 03-01-2007, 04:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,757
Posted By ember919
Re: open vs. laparoscopic resection

Surgeon did not mention anything he wants to examine while he's in there. The only reasons I recall were:

1) fewer incisions mean fewer chances of infection (his explanation)
2) if procedure is...
Board: Bowel Disorders 02-28-2007, 03:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,757
Posted By ember919
open vs. laparoscopic resection

Hi all,
I've scanned through some threads and have gotten some useful info about bowel resection surgery, but did not see much opinion one way or the other about the method.

My husband has an...
Board: Pain Management 02-23-2007, 05:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 20,852
Posted By ember919
Re: Neurontin and Lyrica

I've taken both Neurontin and Lyrica for pain from cervical nerve impingement and I found the Neurotin worked better for me. I've heard some people talk about it giving them a 'drunk' feeling, even...
Board: Pain Management 02-21-2007, 07:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 11,149
Posted By ember919
Re: non-acetaminophen based meds?

THANKS, all. There is actually a compounding pharmacy close to me, one I've used before, so I will be sure to ask my doc about handling things that way. I didn't even realize that getting it...
Board: Pain Management 02-20-2007, 04:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 11,149
Posted By ember919
non-acetaminophen based meds?

Up until recently, I had been taking various types of hydrodocone-type pain meds daily or almost daily for about four years. I am now taking maybe 4 to 6 pills a week, as opposed to 12 to 14 a day,...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-20-2007, 04:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,350
Posted By ember919
Re: Going to P.T. after 2 level ACDF? (spasms)

SKZ,
My PT sessions started out with simple range-of-motion exercises, gentle stretches and very mild (using ONE FINGER for resistance) isometrics, plus alternating heat and ice. When I started...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-17-2007, 11:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 36,639
Posted By ember919
Re: ACDF Recovery vs. Overdoing

Jeff,
As you've obviously already figured out, the recovery process is different for each person. You know best what you can and cannot do; it's just a matter of learning to 'listen' to your body. ...
Board: Dysphagia 02-05-2007, 08:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 24,937
Posted By ember919
Re: Feeling like a pill stuck in throat

SKZ,
See all the things people (including me) forgot to put on the "post surgery list"?

You're probably getting tired of hearing this, but the pill in the throat feeling is also a common one. ...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-05-2007, 08:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,935
Posted By ember919
Re: Sleeping flat after ACDF?

SKZ,
You're really not experiencing anything all that unusual. As noted, everyone progresses differently. Being able to sleep laying down flat is something that takes time to get to. You've still...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-05-2007, 08:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 16,534
Posted By ember919
Re: Chest pain after surgery?

I had awful chest pain after surgery and doc told me it was originating from the thoracic spine area. The body is babying the cervical spine and, as a result, is putting unfamiliar stress on other...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-04-2007, 09:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,347
Posted By ember919
Re: Easy way to quit cigarettes before surgery

It's part of why Healthboards is so interesting - reading about similarities so you know you're not alone in how you're feeling. I think almost everyone has expressed the "but I'm only [fill in...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-04-2007, 12:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,347
Posted By ember919
Re: Easy way to quit cigarettes before surgery

I've been surpised by the number of smokers or ex-smokers on this board. You know, they tell you to quit after the surgery because smoking supposedly inhibits bone healing, but now I really wonder...
Board: Gallbladder 02-01-2007, 08:40 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 216,875
Posted By ember919
Re: Has anyone had success after Gall bladder removal??

BB,
When you have your gallbladder removed, the bile from your stomach starts getting dumped directly into the intestines. Depending on what you eat, and how much bile you produce, the intestinal...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-26-2007, 11:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 17,117
Posted By ember919
Re: Sleeping problems after ACDF surgery

Deanette1,
You have my sympathy! Getting back to "normal" sleep was a long process. I can still remember how excited I was when I was first able to sleep laying down in my bed, and then again the...
Board: Heart Disorders 01-23-2007, 07:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 37,783
Posted By ember919
Re: can ejection fraction(LVEF)be improved?

Sujkap,
Your mother sounds somewhat similar to my dad. He was first diagnosed w/ CHF about two years ago, age 64. He is also diabetic and on insulin and glucophage. His heart was enlarged and the...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-20-2007, 07:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,113
Posted By ember919
Re: sitting here with my collar

I guess this sounds terrible, but I can't tell you what a kick I got out of the last few posts. It is so frustrating at those times when you feel like you've just been left out on your own. I could...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-11-2007, 09:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 10,172
Posted By ember919
Re: Involuntary Muscle Movement

SL,
This is probably NOT your problem, as it is rare, but wanted to just throw it out there just in case. Sometimes "uncontrollable body movement" can be caused by a severe reaction to medication. ...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-07-2007, 02:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,764
Posted By ember919
Re: A different kind of pain - post ACDF

PD,
I was like you, had been very inactive for a long time before surgery because pain and other annoying symptoms kept me from doing a lot of things. I was worried about being so out of shape...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-07-2007, 02:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,663
Posted By ember919
Re: What are the 2 days in the hospital like?

quilter,
Not a silly thing at all. Just shows you're doing a good job of anticipating what you might have to deal with. I used a spray-in shampoo a time or two, then moved to very gentle showers. ...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-06-2007, 01:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,764
Posted By ember919
Re: A different kind of pain - post ACDF

PD,
I had some pretty bad chest pain during maybe the first two months after surgery. I was told that the chest pain was a result of nerve stuff from the thoracic area, that we "overuse" the...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-06-2007, 01:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,663
Posted By ember919
Re: Questions- Hospital & Home- Help please

q58 (& SKZ),
I did not use my own bone, so cannot offer any information about that. However, from what I've read here on the board, I'm guessing you will have difficulty with the stairs. You'll...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 11-01-2006, 04:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,639
Posted By ember919
Re: Sensation of cold

Oh yeah, my right hand, the one affected by all the cervical stuff, would often turn freezing cold in conjunction with some of the pain and tingling. My left hand would be perfectly normal and the...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 11-01-2006, 04:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,703
Posted By ember919
Re: Had acdf oct 24th, numbness above incision site.

lst,
I had some numbness around the incision site for a couple of months, but it slowly improved and eventually went completely away. I don't think it's all that uncommon.

Funny - I, too, have...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 10-28-2006, 01:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,281
Posted By ember919
Re: ACDF success. 100% fusion

NYD - great news on the fusion and glad to hear you're feeling so good.

Quilter58 - I had numbness/tingling in my lower shin and ankle. My ortho told me that the leg numbness was not related to...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 10-22-2006, 05:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 8,227
Posted By ember919
Re: having acdf on the 24th, what foods to eat after?

LST,
Don't stress too much over this. Chances are that you'll only have throat problems for a few days, and hopefully even that won't be too bad. Yogurt, apple sauce, pudding, smoothies, etc. - all...
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