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    Old 08-12-2006, 01:20 PM   #16
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    Re: anybody ever had spinal cord compression after acdf?

    HTF -let us know what your surgeon had to say.

    Indeed, those of us with spinal cord issues do fall into a different category.

    I was told rather early that my cord had sustained permanent damage. Nevertheless, I have continued to see subtle, incremental improvement (I'm 5+ months out now). And, as you likely know, nerve regeneration can take up to two years.
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    Old 08-12-2006, 06:24 PM   #17
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    Re: anybody ever had spinal cord compression after acdf?

    I agree with Sunshine. I am about 70% 6m post and will likely keep ill improving. Damaged nerves just take a long time to heal. You will have good days and bad days. You may always have a certain amount of pain. If you trusted your doctor enough to cut on you then stay with him. I thought the same thing at 7 weeks and now 6 months post I am glad I have the doctor I did. Heck I read people having 3-4 hr surgeries and stays in the hospital for the same surgery I had that was completed in 30 minutes and when I awoke I was released to go home. And yes HTF I also thought my worries were over post surgery. I read this site for years and it does seem that most people do have that response. Then there are ones like Sunshine and others who are MIA from here now that are still recovering.

    Hang tight.

     
    Old 08-14-2006, 08:39 AM   #18
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    Re: anybody ever had spinal cord compression after acdf?

    I had the 7-week post-op and the X-ray suggested that the fusion looked good and is progressing nicely...so my main issues are neurological...Thoreau...you are right about the cord compression...it is just a different ball game than simple herniation...I guess i have been using the wrong reference group when doing my comparisons...I am in the "dealing with severe cord compression group"...In fact my surgeon says he loves doing ACDFs for folks with herniations causing pinched nerves and all such as that...because those folks wake up and are relieved of their pain and they want to kiss him...Folks like me and a number of you as well are just getting started when they pull that disc off of the damaged cord...Anyway...I am glad to hear a number of you are progressing months after surgery and I guess that is what I am hoping for...I have improved strength and some neurological improvement...though I still suffer some hyperreflexivity and of course the numbness and L'hermitte's sign...I guess I may be improving in some ways I am not aware of given that I focus mainly on the shocks emanating through my good hand...and the numbness in my bad hand...The MRI still shows cord signal change..and I guess that is the culprit...there isn't a whole lot of swelling as I suspected...How do we improve cord signal change? Eat more yogurt? HTF

     
    Old 08-15-2006, 11:37 AM   #19
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    Re: anybody ever had spinal cord compression after acdf?

    I am trying sacarl-cranial (sp) massage. It is supposed to improve spinal fluid flow. I would not recommend it though until you are 6months+ in recovery. I have had some improvement, don't know if its from the massage (once every other week) or the new PT approach we're taking. (I was really anti-massage at first and didn't want her near my neck but the massage therapist has special training in this technique and has two other stenosis patients at this time too)

     
    Old 08-16-2006, 11:54 AM   #20
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    Re: anybody ever had spinal cord compression after acdf?

    Thanks Sunshine...I have wondered if it is weird that I haven't been advised any PT save for walking...I will certainly inquire about the massage...I try to get my wife to just rub my shoulders...but bless her heart...she scared to do it...and just glazes over them...I certainly feel like a full body massage would do me well...Are there dietary things that could help or hurt with cord signal change? thanks...HTF

     
    Old 08-17-2006, 06:13 AM   #21
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    Re: anybody ever had spinal cord compression after acdf?

    HTF - what I like about PT is having someone to make sure I'm exercising properly. In our situation you MUST find a PT that knows spine - asking if they are certified in McKenzie Method is a start. Ditto for the massage - they MUST understand spine issues or don't let them touch you.

     
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