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    Old 07-27-2004, 10:45 AM   #1
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    Just an update (ACDF C56 & C67 3-16-04)

    Seems like I used to live on this board and now I haven't been here in awhile. I am on schedule as far as healing is concerned. My last visit with the neurosurgeon was 7-19. He said my x-rays look good and the cages are fusing well. The bone is coming over the front of the cage in the x-ray. He released me unless I need anything else. I no longer have to wear the bone fusion stimulator. Hated that darn beeping thing! We went to Six Flags in June and I called to ask if I could ride anything. They laughed and said "You're only 3 months out, you can only ride the Yosimete Sam ride". (In Arlington, the slowest, most gentle cartoon boat ride). I avoided most everything like they said but I did ride the Superman Tower of Power and loved it! I know it was stupid, but I had ridden it before and knew that it wasn't jerky or anything. It gives a thrill like a rollercoaster, but no jerking or going side to side. I rode it twice and it had no effect on my neck whatsoever so please don't gripe at me.

    I do still have some soreness and stiffness, but the NS said that is normal. He added a lot of height two both spaces so it will take awhile to heal. Nothing unbearable. I still have a bottle of pain pills and refills on muscle relaxers so I should be good for now. He offered me physical therapy, but I'm not going yet. Can't decide, since there is a co-pay every time I go. He ordered 3 x's weekly x 4 weeks. He also said I can go to the chiropractor if I insist, (Ha Ha) but not to let him touch my neck for at least a year.

    Anyway, just wanted to jump in here and say how much better I am feeling. Hard to believe how bad I felt in Jan/Feb of this year. There is life after ACDF - it may not be completely pain free, but it's not all bad. Hang in there.

     
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    Old 07-27-2004, 02:16 PM   #2
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    Re: Just an update (ACDF C56 & C67 3-16-04)

    YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!!!

    I too am post acdf with own bone/plate c5-6/major spinal cord compression as at Nov 03 and microdiskectomy/laminectomy l5-s1 April 04.

    I am soooooooooooooooo happy to hear of another good story as far as recovery. You are so right that there is some kind of life after all this... it takes a lot of gumption sometimes and also a lot of proactive behaviour but it is possible.

    Every day I wake up I think what if this is my last day and I was to seep into the same pain threshold I had prior to surgery and thus I utilize every minute as best I can and enjoy it and try to be the best possible friend and spouse I can be.

    I get anxious too about certain physical activity but I treadmill now again as I did prior to surgery and there is less pain just some major adjustments to how I chose to participate along with others... limiting can be upsetting when you are in serious pain but limiting yourself to avoid pain feels like I finally have some control over my circumstance after four years of this plight.

    I hope others are inspired and try as we have.. to move on that is... as last night I responded myself to one enquiry for the first time in months.

    All the best Grace and all those souls who are attempting to deal with this...

    Nearly new again... Nero

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    Old 07-27-2004, 07:36 PM   #3
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    Re: Just an update (ACDF C56 & C67 3-16-04)

    Hi girls!

    Grace - I'm so happy to hear of your good recovery. You are a lot braver than I am by getting on that ride! I don't know what it is ... is it like an elevator? Anyway ... keep up the good work!

    NERO! Hello!!! I am SO happy to see you posting as well! I just started back to the board ... as I lapsed into pain (and depression about that pain) late April to June. We lost my FIL and my husband and I were mowing 3 yards a weekend ... I was being stupid ... but I felt like Superman! Anyway, after some therapy (massage, heat, cold, electrical stimulation?) and stopping any type of extracurricular activity, I am back to my old self - no pain. VERY happy about that! I have done more strenuous stuff since getting back to the no-pain, but only a little at a time so that I know what caused it.

    You girls have made my night!

    Have a good one!

    Donna

     
    Old 07-28-2004, 08:37 PM   #4
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    Re: Just an update (ACDF C56 & C67 3-16-04)

    Donna Kay... AWWWEEE.. soooo glad to hear from you tooooo!!!
    Sorry to hear of relapse but I did the same thing trying to paint a little and I got recoiling which was major pins/needles.. I got so depressed I looked up pain clinics as I thought I cannot do this myself again.. but 5 days later... it slowly dissipated. We try too much too fast too soon the physio girl told me and said I have done well but HONESTLY rest up ... we are both the same I imagine.. you take care now.. sorry about your loss of FIL.. that alone can cause some upset I am sure.. You are a good soul and you deserve major pain relief sooo put your feet up and make a spritzer (wine/perrier) and celebrate the lack of major pain and control you have to minimize same now and forever... your friend .. nearly new again... Nero

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    Old 08-02-2004, 08:01 AM   #5
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    Re: Just an update (ACDF C56 & C67 3-16-04)

    Hi Nero and DonnaKay! I'm glad you are both doing better. Nero, I remember reading most of your posts when I was preparing for surgery. I love your "Nearly New Again" sign off, so I remember your name well.

    I'm just so glad to be done with it and hope it never happens again. If it does, I'll deal with it then. I absolutely loved rollercoasters and thought I could never ride one again. The Superman ride was a good substitute. It is basically a freefall from very high up. Your are locked in your seat and I was able to brace my chin to make sure my neck/head didn't jerk at all. AND it's fun!

    Be careful, take care of yourselves and have fun. My best wishes to you all.

    Grace

     
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